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Jakarta Post

Jakarta runs against time to build first waste-to-energy project

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 20, 2018   /   07:48 pm
Jakarta runs against time to build first waste-to-energy project A worker puts up a banner about the groundbreaking ceremony for the Intermediate Treatment Facility (ITF) Sunter in North Jakarta on Thursday. (Tempo/ M Julnis Firmansyah)

As the capital is running against time to solve its looming waste problem, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan broke ground on the city’s first and long-delayed Rp 3.6 trillion (US$250 million) incinerator project, namely the Intermediate Treatment Facility (ITF), in the Sunter Agung subdistrict of North Jakarta on Thursday.

Helmed by a joint venture between city-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) and Finnish energy company Fortum, the waste-to-energy (W2E) facility is expected to turn 2,200 tons of the 7,000 tons of waste the city produces every day into 35 megawatts per hour (Mwh) of electricity.

Jakpro president director Dwi Wahyu Darwoto said in his speech during the groundbreaking event that the construction of the facility would be completed in three years.

However, Anies expressed hope that the plant could be ready in two and a half years. 

“I have requested for the construction to be completed sooner, as we have set 2021 as the deadline,” Anies told reporters on the sidelines of the groundbreaking event.

The city administration is running against time as the Bantar Gebang dumpsite in Bekasi, West Java – where the city has been disposing its waste since the 1980s – is predicted to reach its maximum capacity by 2021, Anies said.  

The facility in Sunter is one of four waste-based power plants the Jakarta administration has planned to build in the city since 2011; the other locations are Marunda in North Jakarta, Cakung in East Jakarta and Duri Kosambi in West Jakarta.

Anies said those plans were still being discussed. (ars)