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Jakarta Post

Recent massive blackout "puts color" on upcoming Rp 5B electricity expo

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 19, 2019   /   02:49 pm
Recent massive blackout Darkness falls: Residences in Jakarta are seen in total darkness on Sunday. Electricity transmission disruptions caused a major blackout for several hours in Greater Jakarta and parts of West and Central Java on Sunday. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Last month’s massive six hour blackout remains on the minds of the Indonesian Electricity Society (MKI), which has arranged a discussion and workshop on the issue as part of its 74th annual National Electricity Day (HLN) Exhibition slated for next month.

“Honestly, the blackout did color our dynamics while assembling the strategy for this event,” said MKI regulation director and HLN organizing committee chairwoman Noesita Indriyani in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Greater Jakarta, West Java and a part of Central Java experienced an hours-long blackout in early August, the worst since 1997, that paralyzed the capital and disrupted business activities.

Noesita said the event’s overarching theme was on electric systems in Industry 4.0 but organizers quickly added workshops on handling large-scale power disturbances after Java was struck by a blackout on Aug. 4.

The exhibition, which the chairwoman has estimated will cost between Rp 3 billion (US$213,160) and Rp 5 billion, is slated to run from Oct. 9-11 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Fellow MKI member Eddy Cahyanto added that organizers would allocate a 200 square-meter space at the center to display electric vehicles, which was in line with the government’s ambition to promote such vehicles in Indonesia.