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Jakarta Post

Central Kalimantan’s $2.8b coal railway to kick off early next year

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 14 2012   /  11:43 am

Kalimantan’s coal railway project linking Puruk Cahu and Lupak Dalam in Central Kalimantan is set to begin in the first quarter of 2013 to cope with the shortage of road transportation facilities in the province.

National Development Planning Board (Bappenas)’s public private partnership (PPP) director Bastary Indra Pandji said four investors: Japan’s Itochu, China Railway, Bakrie Indo Infrastructure and Dubai’s MEP had submitted their project proposals to the provincial government.

“By looking at the progress today, we are optimistic the winner of the tender will be announced early next year and that the project will begin in the first quarter [of 2013],” Bastary said on the sidelines of Trans Kalimantan Railway Project Review in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The 300-kilometer tracks will connect three coal centers in the province: Puruk Cahu of Murung Raya rege...