The Jakarta Post
Diversified business group Sinar Mas is getting more deeply involved in the energy business with its 2x100 megawatt (MW) steam-power plant, PLTU Kalteng-1, starting construction in Tumbang Kajuei village, Gunung Mas regency, Central Kalimantan.
The plant, developed by Sinar Mas' indirect subsidiary PT SKS Listrik Kalimantan (SLK) officially began construction on Monday on a 20-hectare plot, and is expected to be complete by 2019, said SLK president director Lokita Prasetya.
"Currently, we are working on the foundation of the boiler, turbines, et al. In the near future, we will proceed with the mechanical work," he said in a statement on Monday, adding that the plant would supply electricity mainly to the regency and other regions in Central Kalimantan.
Marwinsyah Ganef, a representative from state-run electricity firm PLN, said the construction was part of the independent power producer (IPP) involvement in the government's 35,000-megawatt generation project.
"We support the construction of this plant by providing and establishing a transmission grid to the nearby towns of Kasongan and Kuala Kurun," he said.
Gunung Mas Regent Anton S. Dohong welcomed the project, saying that he expected the plant to further increase the living standards of nearby residents as well as boosting the regency's economy.
Currently, Sinar Mas, through its parent company PT Dian Swastatika Sentosa, is developing three power plants. Aside from PLTU Kalteng-1, they also own 300-MW PLTU Sumsel-5 in South Sumatra and 100-MW PLTU Kendari-3 in Southeast Sulawesi. (ags)