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PLN expects to soon start construction of PLTU Jawa 7, PLTU Cilacap, PLTU Cirebon

JAKARTA ( – State electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) expects to start the construction of three major coal-fired power plants (PLTU) in March, a PLN senior official said.

The three coal-fired power plants are PLTU Jawa 7, located in Serang Banten with capacity of 2×1000 MW, PLTU Cilacap with capacity of 1×1000 MW located in Cilacap in Central Java, and PLTU Cirebon with capacity of 1×1000 MW located in Cirebon, West Java.

Director for Corporate Planning of PLN Nicke Widyawati said PLN expects the three power plants, developed by private sector, will break ground in March. The three power plants developers have signed power purchased agreement with PLN last year.

The three projects are part of the government’s program to develop 35,000 MW of power plant capacity within five years.

PLTU Jawa 7 has been reportedly awarded to a consortium whose members are PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) and China Shenhua Energy Company Ltd. The consortium, said acting president director of PB Muljo Adji said the consortium members are now in the process of setting up a subsidiary company to develop the project.

Muljo said he expects the PLTU Jawa 7 will start its construction in April. PJB has just completed first phase of PLTU Cilacap and is expected connect its electricity with the Java-Bali power grid system. PLTU Cilacap is expected to be completed in 2018.

Muljo said the Cilacap coal-fired power plant will use ultra-super critical boiler, which is considered more environmentally friendly.

Meanwhile, PLTU Cirebon will be developed by a consortium members, namely namely Marubeni Corporation, Indika Energy Tbk, Samtan Co. Ltd, Korea Midland Power Co. Ltd, and Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc.

The power plant will be built in Kanci village, Cirebon Regency, West Java. The consortium expects the construction to last for 51 months and followed by commercial operation in the first semester of 2020. (*)

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