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Java-Bali grid gets 5 percent electricity boost from Paiton-3

  • Rabby Pramudatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 6 2012   /  10:04 am

PT Paiton Energy, a joint venture between French and Japanese companies, officially launched commercial operation of its Paiton Unit 3 coal-fired power plant in Probolinggo, East Java, on Tuesday.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik, who inaugurated the 815-megawatt plant, said it would make a significant contribution to meeting the increased need for electricity in Java, Madura and Bali.

“The electricity will be distributed through Java-Bali interconnection [grid],” he said at the launch, which was attended by Japanese Ambassador Yoshinori Katori and French Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary.

Low Kian Min, the president director of PT Paiton Energy, called the Paiton’s Unit 3 an “important revolution in Indonesian electricity infrastructure” for its use of supercritical-boiler technology — a first in Indonesia — which consumes coal more effici...