The Jakarta Post
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has claimed that the government’s plan to procure 35,000 MW of electricity to fulfill demand by 2019 is still on schedule.
The construction of power plants should continue in order to anticipate the possibly significant increases in global economic growth that could positively affect the Indonesian economy, the minister said.
“The growth rate changes every six months. It is possible that global economic growth will reach 6 percent in the coming years. If we do not anticipate it, we will suffer [electricity] shortages,” said Luhut as reported by kontan.com on Tuesday.
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Similarly, the National Energy Council (DEN) has also stressed the importance of pursuing the 35,000 MW project.
DEN member Dwi Hary Soeryadi said on Monday that electricity demand would hit 114,000 MW in 2025 and 430,000 MW in 2050.
“It is therefore important that we achieve the national target of 35,000 MW by 2019,” he said.
Dwi said PLN had recorded good progress in its ambition to construct 46,000 kilometers of transmission cable, 108,000 substations and 402 power plants by the end of 2019.
“PLN is committed to achieving the target,” he added. (bbn)
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