The Jakarta Post
State electricity firm PT PLN said Wednesday that it would need to set aside US$15 billion (Rp 132.71 trillion) to support its plan to build several natural gas-fired power plants by 2019.
PLN director for planning and technology Nasri Sebayang said that the construction of the power plants, which would be able to generate up to 11,000 megawatts, would reduce its dependence on oil-based energy sources.
“PLN currently operates 5,233 power plants across the country with a combined capacity of 24,960 megawatts, but only 22 percent of them, or 1,151 units with a combined capacity of 9,800 megawatts, use natural gas as their energy sources,” he said after speaking at
the 2011 Pacific Energy Summit in Jakarta. However, PLN was unsure whether the planned power plants would receive enough gas supply as nearly a half of the existing production was committed to exports, Nasri...