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Island focus: Nias to ramp up electricity project

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 7 2019   /  01:13 am

Nias Island, a remote yet beautiful island in North Sumatra where around 30 percent of its population is still short of electricity, is determined to achieve 100 percent electrification this year.

State-owned electricity firm PLN has allocated Rp 354 billion (US$24.8 million) for village electrification projects in Nias this year, a significant increase from Rp 90 billion in 2018 and Rp 50 million in 2017.

Citing a recent meeting between all local administrations in Nias, Regional Representatives Council member from North Sumatra, Parlindungan Purba, said all stakeholders were optimistic about the electrification programs on the island this year.

“In the meeting between relevant stakeholders and regents of Nias, as well as Gunung Sitoli’s mayor recently, everyone agreed that all villages in the region must have access to the power grid this year,” he said on Sa...