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Batang Toru hydropower kicks off construction

Batang Toru River in South Tapanuli Regency (Photo credit: PJB Invest)

JAKARTA (RambuEnergy) -The Joko Widodo government continues to boost the development of renewable energy projects, including the latest one is the Batang Toru Hydro Power Plant, which is located in Batang Toru river, Sipirok village, South Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatera province. The government insists on continuing the project development despite protests from quarters of the local community.

The power plant will become one of Indonesia’s largest hydropower plant, given the installed capacity of the power plant. The hydropower plant, which is part of the government’s program to develop 35 GW of power capacity, will have a capacity of 510 MW (4×127.5 MW).

Director General for Electricity at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Rida Mulyana said the power plant will function as peaker power plant which will supply electricity during the peak consumption. He said during a visit at the weekend that the construction of the power plant is projected to be completed in 2022.

The location of Batang Toru hydropower plant (Image credit: PJB Invest)

He estimates that the power plant, once in operation, will help the government to save up to US$383 million per year. The project is also helping the government’s drive to reduce the carbon emission in line with Paris commitment as well as helping boost the electricity coverage ratio of the South Tapanuli region from 82.32% at present.

Quarters of the public have protested the development of the power plant as it could endanger the environment as well as threaten the life of wildlife, including Orang Utans.

The power plant is developed by a joint venture company PT North Sumatera Hydro Energy (NSHE), in which Pembangkit Jawa Bali Investasi (PJBI) holds 25%. PJBI is a subsidiary of Pembangkit Jawa Bali (PJB), a unit of state utility company PLN. The company has earlier said that it has declared its commitment to monitoring the environment stringently to assure that the project will have a limited impact on the environment. (*)

 

Written by Staff Writer

Edited by Roffie Kurniawan (Email: roffie.kurniawan@gmail.com)

 

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