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Construction of hydro power plant PLTA Kayan expected to begin this year

JAKARTA ( – The North Kalimantan provincial government expects that the construction of a mega hydro power plant (PLTA) with capacity of 6,600 MW will begin this year. The first phase development is projected to have capacity of 900 MW.

The power plant will be built in Kayan River, Peso subdistrict, North Kalimantan province, by PT Kayan Hydro Energy (KHE).

The Kaltara Governor Irianto Lambrie has consulted with the Ministry of State Enterprise (BUMN) to push the development of the power plant.

Amir Zaglol Saroyan, a member of Commission III of local parliament (DPRD), was quoted by a local media as saying that the provincial government pins hope of the power plant development to help resolve power shortage in North Kalimantan province (Kaltara), which shares border with Malaysia.

“I am confident if the PLTA is realized within 3-4 years, Kaltara will be abundant with electricity supply,” he was quoted by as saying.

The power plant will not only help address power supply, the completion of the project is expected to lure investors to invest in Kaltara, he said.

The first phase development of the power plant is expected to be completed within 4-5 years. (*)

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