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Jakarta Post

Surakarta inches closer to turning trash into power

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Thu, February 9, 2017   /  05:17 pm
Surakarta inches closer to turning trash into power A trash picker and cattle scour the Putri Cempo dump in Surakarta, Central Java. The administration plans to turn waste into energy using 1.8 million tons of waste in the dump and new trash from Surakarta. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

The Surakarta administration has begun a project to turn 1.8 million metric tons of trash into electricity at Putri Cempo dump in Central Java.

The Trash Power Plant (PLTS) Putri Cempo will process 450 tons of garbage per day to produce 12 megawatts of electricity per hour.

The  PLTS project executor, PT Solo Citra Metro Plasma Power’s president director, Elan Syuherlan, said recently the PLTS plan had entered the detailed engineering design stage, which was expected to be completed in September.

Elan said the company had also been addressing other requirements, such as the environmental impact analysis.

Construction of the PLTS will begin next year, he said, and the facility was expected to be operational by the end of 2019.

The PLTS project in Surakarta will be run by a consortium comprising PT Citra Metrojaya Putra and state-owned enterprise PT Pembangunan Perusahaan.

The consortium will work in cooperation with Austrian-based General Electric.

The power plant will use plasma gasification technology.

With the technology, solid waste will be put into a large tub and heated to between 1,200 and 5,000 degrees Celsius.

The plant will process 450 tons of trash per day, with 200 tons being new trash and 250 tons being old trash piling up at Putri Cempo.

Surakarta Environmental Agency head Hasta Gunawan said the project was urgent considering the amount of trash piling up at Putri Cempo dump. “It has been over capacity for 10 years,” he said. (evi)

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