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PLN starts work on power distribution facility in Bekasi

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    The Jakarta Post

Bekasi, West Java   /   Sat, March 4, 2017   /  07:01 pm
PLN starts work on power distribution facility in Bekasi Sidoarjo regent Saiful Illah (left) inspects the control room of a new substation at PLN's facility in Sidoarjo, East Java, in this file photo. PLN has begun construction work on a new substation in Bekasi, West Java, to distribute electricity in Jakarta and Bekasi. (Antara/Umarul Faruq)

State-owned electricity company PLN has kicked off the construction of an Rp 850 billion (US$63.3 million) facility to distribute electricity in Jakarta and Bekasi, West Java.

PLN’s general manager for business development in western Java, Robert Apriyanto Purba, said the high-voltage gas insulated substation would produce 500 kilovolt (kV) of electricity upon completion in mid-2018.

“We are optimistic that this new facility can support the provision of electricity for residents as well as industry in Bekasi and the eastern part of Jakarta,” Robert said during the groundbreaking event in Bekasi on Friday.

Located on a 5.3-hectare plot of land in Rawalumbu, Bekasi, the facility will use gas insulated switchgear developed by PT Siemens Indonesia.

(Read also: PLN to buy waste-based power from 7 cities)

PLN regional business director for western Java, Murtaqi Syamsuddin, said the technology would reduce the space needed for power transmission and thereby address the lack of land available in Greater Jakarta.

Demand for electricity in Jakarta rose by 6.5 percent each year, he added.

“We’re building high-voltage distribution plants around Jakarta to anticipate future demand,” Murtaqi said.

Apart from the Bekasi facility, PLN is also developing two substations in Duri Kosambi, West Jakarta, and Priok, North Jakarta, and will build another one in Muara Karang, North Jakarta. (ecn)

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