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Jakarta Post

Siemens Indonesia interested in waste-to-energy plants: Official

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 6, 2018   /   06:52 pm
Siemens Indonesia interested in waste-to-energy plants: Official Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto (left) speaks to new Siemens Indonesia CEO Prakash Chandran in Jakarta on Tuesday. (Courtesy of/industry Ministry)

New PT Siemens Indonesia CEO Prakash Chandran expressed an interest in investing in waste-to-energy plant projects that would be constructed in a number of cities, Industry Ministry machinery and agriculture machinery director Zakiyudin said.

“Trash management is a big issue in big cities. One solution is to convert trash into energy for electricity. Siemens has the technology to do this,” Zakiyudin told The Jakarta Post after attending a meeting between Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Chandran at Airlangga's office in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The company would have a follow-up meeting soon to discuss the project with regional administrations, he said.

Jakarta produces about 6,600 tons of solid waste per day.

The plan to construct waste-to-energy plants in seven cities -- Jakarta, Tangerang, Bandung, Semarang, Surakarta, Denpasar and Makassar -- is listed as a national strategic project based on Presidential Regulation No.58/2017.

Indonesia is known as the world’s second biggest producer of plastic waste. In 2016, it generated 3.2 million tons of plastic waste, 1.3 million of which ended up in the ocean. (kmt/bbn)