PLN increases capacity in blackout-prone regions ahead of elections
The Jakarta Post
The East and North Kalimantan (Kaltimra) chapter of state-owned electricity company PLN deployed 400 technicians to ensure that the regional elections run smoothly in regions prone to blackouts.
PLN Kaltimra covers the area of Balikpapan, Samarinda, Bontang, Berau and Tarakan, with the Mahakam system as its central electricity system. The Mahakam system has also been connected to the Barito system covering South Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan to add to its capacity.
“For successful elections, we have preserved supply for locations that will host voting and subsequently vote counting,” said PLN Kaltimra general manager Riza Novianto Gustam on Monday in Balikpapan.
The extra effort will be extended to seven days after voting day, slated for Wednesday. The company has also ensured that there will be personnel on standby 24 hours a day as votecounting will take place day and night during the week.
Gustam added that there were 54 posts across East and North Kalimantan, which will coordinate with the General Elections Commission (KPU). Officers in each post have been informed of the standard operating procedure should electrical problems occur.
On voting day, PLN expects the electrical load to reach 340 megawatts (MW) during the daytime and 390 MW at night.
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