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PLN still relies on coal as LNG-fueled electricity remains expensive

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
    Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /  05:56 pm
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PLN projects its demand for coal to generate power would jump 12.37 percent next year to 109 million tons to supply its new coal-fired power plants (PLTUs) in Java with total capacity at 2 gigawatts (GW), namely Java-7 and Java-8.(Antara/Irsan Mulyadi)

ELECTRICITY PLN still relies on coal as LNG-fueled electricity remains expensive   Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman  The Jakarta Post/Jakarta    It seems that Indonesia’s objective to lower its reliance on coal as a main energy source to generate power remains high in the sky, given its lower price compared to other energy sources, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG). The price of electricity generated from LNG is still double the price of coal-powered electricity, said PLN system planning manager Arief Sugiyanto. “Coal-fired power plants [PLTU] can supply electricity at a price of 6 US cents per kilowatt hour [kWh], but the LNG-electricity price is double that at 12 cents per kWh,” he stated on Thursday. There were factors of logistic costs that caused the price discrepancy, he added, as LNG transportation from the upstream was p...