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23 power plants to come
online this year

State-run power company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has revealed that this year 23 new power plants with a combined capacity of 3,351 megawatts (MW) will come online.

The plants were built under the first phase of the 10,000 MW fast-track energy program.

Company president director Nur Pamudji said that when the new power plants went online, the realization of the 10,000 MW fast-track program would reach 6,526 MW.

He said that in 2013, an additional 2,191 MW worth of power plants would go online, and in 2014, the program would be complete as one final 880 MW power plant began operating.

“The power plants that will turn on this year are the coal-fired Lontar unit 3 plant in Banten, which has a capacity of 315 MW, starting in March, the Pelabuhan Ratu unit 1 plant in West Java with a capacity of 350 MW starting in August and unit 2 in the same location and capacity in November,” he told House of Representatives Commission VII in Jakarta on Wednesday.

In East Java, Pacitan power plant unit 1, which has a capacity of 315 MW, will start producing electricity in June, unit 2 (315 MW) in September and the Paiton power plant (660 MW) will come online in April.

Outside Java and Bali, Nagan Raya power plant unit 1 (110 MW) in Aceh will be ready to start supplying power in October and unit 2 (110 MW) in December. In Riau, the Tanjung Balai Karimun power plant (2x7 MW) will start operation in December.

Teluk Sirih power plant unit 1 (112 MW) in West Sumatera will strengthen the Sumatera grid starting in October, followed by unit 2 (112 MW) in December. In Bangka Belitung, Bangka Baru coal-fired power plant unit 1 (30 MW) will begin electricity production in June and unit 2 (30 MW) in October.

Lampung will enjoy greater electricity supply with the operation of Tarahan Baru power plant unit 1 (100 MW) in April and unit 2 (100 MW) in October.

“We’ll also have new power plants in Kalimantan, which are Asam-asam unit 3 [65 MW] in South Kalimantan which will operate in April and this will be followed by unit 4 [65 MW] in June,” Pamudji said.

In Sulawesi, the Amurang power plant (25 MW) in North Sulawesi will contribute an additional 25 MW to the island’s grid system in April, while the second unit (25 MW) will follow in May.

The Kendari power plant (2x10 MW), also in North Sulawesi, will supply electricity starting April and Barru power plant units 1 and 2 in South Sulawesi with a capacity of 50 MW each will connect to the grid in March and May, respectively.

“The Ende power plant [2x7 MW] in East Nusa Tenggara is going to begin operating in December and Tidore plant units 1 and 2 [7 MW each] in North Maluku in August and October,” Pamudji said.

Labuan power plant unit 1 (300 MW) in Banten is also under the 10,000 MW project and began operating in 2010.

In 2011, PLN added 3.43 million customers, up from 2.31 million new customers in 2010.

By the end of 2011, PLN will command a total installed power capacity of 28,643 MW.

In an emailed statement on Wednesday, PLN anncounced that its net income for 2011 rose 6 percent to Rp 10.7 trillion from Rp 10.09 trillion a year earlier. Operating revenue rose 31 percent to Rp 213 trillion, the company reported.

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