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Jakarta Post

Gloomy outlook for power supplies as water shortage forces blackouts

  • Oyos Saroso H.N. and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 11 2012   /  09:52 am

Water shortages in Lampung have forced two hydroelectric power stations (PLTA) operated by state electricity company PT PLN to cease operations, resulting in power rationing over the last few days.

The three generators which have been stopped are PLTA Batutegi with a capacity of 28 megawatts (MW) and two at PLTA Way Besai with a combined capacity of 90 MW.

The stoppage of the generators has been caused by insufficient water flow to move the turbines.

Technical manager of PLN Lampung M. Rusli said on Monday that the pause in generation had caused a power shortage in Lampung.

Rusli explained that electricity demand in Lampung averages 385 MW, of which 200 MW is supplied by the Tarahan diesel oil and steam power generators, 90 MW from Way Besai and 28 MW from Batu Tegi. The remainder, usually
about 100 MW, comes from the national grid.

Rusli said that ...