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Jakarta Post

6,500MW power plants, mostly coal, set for delay amid pandemic

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 10, 2020   /  04:09 pm
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The new 10MW gas-fired power plant (PLTMG) in Timika, Mimika, Papua, on June 25. The plant is among several built ahead of the 2021 National Games (PON) in Papua.(PLN/PLN)

The completion of seven big power plants and four power distribution projects have been delayed indefinitely due to the health crisis, causing power sector investment and plans to slow entering the second half. Seven of the delayed plants are coal-fired – contributing 74 percent of total capacity – but there is also one gas-fired and one hydropower plant, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry data made available to reporters on Aug. 2. Meanwhile, the delayed power distribution projects comprise substations in South Sulawesi, Aceh and Riau and a transmission line in Banten. All 11 projects were delayed due to international lockdowns that restricted the movement of skilled workers and materials. “This was a global issue,” said the energy ministry’s electrification director general, Rida Mulyana, on July 30. “Hopefully, once the...