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Jakarta Post

Coal plant expansion wipes out Indonesia's green energy progress

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22, 2020   /  03:33 pm
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A worker inspects a high-voltage power grid which connects the coal-fired Suralaya power plant in Cilegon, Banten with the Java-Bali power distribution network in this file photo. The government still relies on coal to provide cheap electricity in the country.(Antara/Asep Fathulrahman)

Indonesia has launched the operation of its largest coal-fired power unit to date, which offset all renewable energy power progress in the Southeast Asian country last year. Java 7 Unit 1, launched in December 2019, is over twice as powerful as all renewable energy plants launched the same year. The Banten-based plant has a capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW), 2.7 times greater than the 376MW worth of green energy plants introduced in Indonesia last year. The plant’s majority owner, Beijing-based coal miner China Energy Investment Corporation, described it as “the largest individual installed capacity of any overseas thermal generation unit invested and built by a Chinese enterprise.” China Energy cooperated with Surabaya-based power producer Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB), a subsidiary of state-owned utility firm PLN, to develop the US$1.71 billion power plant. Chi...