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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Palm oil mill told to resolve complaints

  • The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  01:12 am

State-owned electricity company PLN has called on PT Rimba Palma Sejahtera Lestari (RPSL) to resolve problems with residents of Payo Selincah subdistrict in Jambi City, Jambi, who have lived for almost a decade near power plants.

Three power plants — one fired by diesel, one by gas and a third by biomass — surround neighborhood units in the eastern part of the province’s capital city. RSPL operates the biomass-fired plant by burning waste from its palm oil mill.

The residents complained that the trucks carrying oil palm kernels for the power plant had damaged roads and produced dust.

PLN’s Jambi branch manager, Haris Andika, said RPSL, as the power plant operator, must be able to resolve the problem quickly.“They must reach a resolution as soon as possible,” he said on Friday.

RPSL spokesperson M. Galih Akrama said the company had built a road in...