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Power back on in post-unrest Wamena: PLN

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /   06:16 pm
Power back on in post-unrest Wamena: PLN PLN workers repair a power line in Wamena, West Papua, where violent unrest in late September disrupted the city's electricity supply. (PLN/PLN)

State-owned electricity company PLN has fully restored the electricity network in Wamena city, West Papua province, two weeks after violent unrest disrupted the city’s power supply and claimed more than 30 lives.

The company said in a statement that all 142 substations, 180 kilometers of a mid-voltage network and 336 km of a low-voltage network in Wamena were operational as of Monday.

However, PLN Papua and West Papua general manager Ari Dartomo noted that 1,000 out of 21,800 customers remained unable to access electricity because their buildings, whether shop-lots or houses, had been heavily damaged by protestors.

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“The affected buildings are spread throughout various locations, but most of them are around the city,” he said. “Once the affected buildings are fixed, we are ready to serve them again.”

Wamena, a city located in Indonesia’s second-poorest province, has an installed electricity capacity of 6.5 megawatts (MW) with a peak power usage of 4.7 MW. PLN expects the peak to rise over time as the city returns to normal.