The Jakarta Post
Electricity firm PT Cirebon Electric Power (Cirebon Power), an independent power producer (IPP), will keep operating during Lebaran, even though electricity demand declines significantly during the holiday.
“Cirebon Power will operate PLTU Cirebon 660 MW during Lebaran. The power plant will not stop operating,” Cirebon Power president director Heru Dewanto said on Monday as reported by kontan.co.id, referring to a 660 megawatt (MW) capacity coal-fired power plant (PLTU) in the West Java city.
Electricity demand declines up to 50 percent during the holiday because of suspended operations of offices and industries, he said, adding that state-owned electricity firm PLN had informed his company about the decline of demand.
The operation of Cirebon Power’s plant during Lebaran does not give additional burden to the company because the operational costs are planned for one year of operation, while the use of coal also declines, he added.
Although using coal as its fuel to operate the PLTU Cirebon 660 MW, he claimed that the power plant was environmentally friendly because the plant used super critical technology.
Speaking about the construction of PLTU Cirebon Unit II 1,000 MW, Heru explained that progress had reached 14.7 percent and the first piling ceremony for the project would be held in July.
He explained that during the first piling ceremony for the construction of power plant that will use ultra-super critical technology, the company would also launch the Electricity Vocational Center to train staff. (bbn)