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Jakarta Post

PLN upbeat over 35,000 MW project

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 10 2016   /  09:20 am

State electricity company PLN gave on Tuesday a much-needed public assurance that the country’s 35,000 megawatt (MW) power-generation project would be ready for operation by 2019 as scheduled, rebuffing criticism over the apparently slow progress in the large-scale electrification program.

The project is aimed at increasing the nation’s electricity supply, which remains lower than any of its Southeast Asian peers despite being the region’s largest economy. The electrification rate is expected to rise to 97 percent in 2019 from 88.3 percent at present.

As of July, more than a year after the project was launched, Indonesia, however, had only managed to produce an additional 195 MW of electricity, less than 1 percent of the total electricity expected to be added to the current system.

The figure is an increase from 123 MW power plants recorded in March this year...