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Economy in brief: Only 8% of 35 GW program in operation

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2019   /  02:30 am

The ambitious 35,000 megawatt electricity program kicked off in 2015 but has yet to contribute significantly to the electricity supply. Only 2,800 MW of the power plants in the program were in operation as of December.

Meanwhile, data from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry show that 18,200 MW are still under construction.

Initially, the government targeted to complete the program in 2019, but later, Minister Ignasius Jonan acknowledged that the program would miss the target.

The ministry’s electricity program supervision director, Jisman P. Hutajulu, said on Thursday that 33 percent the 35,000 MW power plant projects were awaiting environmental permits and acquiring land.

“Thirty-three percent of the power plant projects are still arranging environmental permits and carrying out land acquisition. It makes it hard for the contractors to get funding...