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Only 10 percent of 35-GW power projects in operation, PLN data show

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

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JAKARTA   /   Tue, July 2, 2019   /  05:41 pm
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Making the rounds: A worker conducts a routine inspection at the Grati steam-powered electricity plant in Pasuruan, East Java. Most of the power plant projects under the 35-gigawatt development program are still in the construction stage.(Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

More than three years after the government launched a program to add 35 gigawatts of power generation capacity to national supply, only 3.6 GW have been realized, data from state-owned electricity firm PLN show. The initial target was to wrap up the entire 35 GW program in 2019, the final year of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first presidential term. That deadline has since been moved back to 2024 or 2025, because of slower than expected growth in electricity demand. PLN, which is directly responsible for contributing 10 GW or 28.5 percent to the planned new capacity, said most of the projects were still in the construction phase. These accounted for 20.11 GW or 57 percent of the total 35 GW. PLN’s acting president director, Djoko Abumanan, said power purchase agreements (PPA) for another 27 percent of the total capacity, or 9.5 GW, had been signed, bu...