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Ministry may retire giant Suralaya coal plant

  • Norman Harsono

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 2 2020   /  01:00 am
The five chimney stacks of the 4,025 MW Suralaya coal-fired power plant, one of the largest of its kind in Indonesia, towers above Cilegon city in Banten province on Tuesday (24/9/2019). The two shorter stacks channel exhaust from Units 1-4 while the three taller stacks channel exhaust from Units 5-7 of the plant. (JP/Norman Harsono)

The government is considering to shut down the aging Suralaya coal-fired power plant (PLTU) in Cilegon, Banten, and replace it with green energy, as Indonesia chases its long-delayed commitments to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry’s freshly appointed renewables director general, Dadan Kusdiana, said on Nov. 16 that his office was conducting an internal study to replace Suralaya with a battery-equipped solar farm (PLTS). Adding batteries to a solar farm makes it more expensive but enables it to provide 24-hour electricity from the sun, which is otherwise an intermittent energy source. “[Suralaya] is already 35-years-old. We are looking at whether it should be demolished and replaced with a new utility-scale solar farm, with batteries, so there’ll be no intermittency issue,” he told lawmakers at a public hearing...