State power company PT PLN has blamed difficulties in acquiring land, time-consuming loan disbursement and technical problems in imported machinery for the delayed completion of several coal-fired power plants within the first phase of the 10,000 megawatts (MW) fast-track program.
PLN construction director Nasri Sebayang said that as a result, the company has come under fire for requesting additional subsidies from the House of Representatives since the delay caused soaring consumption of oil-based fuels beyond the previous estimates.
“Land acquisition has long been among the major problems in our projects. For the fast-track program, we even have several projects where the locations have to be cancelled due to land problems,” he said during a press conference at his office in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Several projects that still faced land-acquisition problems were p...