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Fast-tracked power plant building program way behind schedule

  • Amahl S. Azwar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 13 2013   /  08:11 am

High-wire act: Workers conduct regular maintenance on a high-voltage tower belonging to state-owned electricity company PLN in this file photo. Six geothermal projects with a total capacity of 360 MW have been delayed due to their locations overlapping conservation forests. (JP/P. J. Leo)State utility firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) announced on Tuesday several geothermal power plant projects might be delayed for years due to a variety of issues including land acquisition and technical problems.

PLN construction director Nasri Sebayang said on Tuesday that 36 out of 52 geothermal projects included in the second stage of the so-called 10,000 MW electricity fast-track program would not meet the initial deadline of 2016.

Six plants with a total capacity of 360 MW are delayed because they are located in conservation forests, while 16 other projects with a capacity of 1...