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Minister Kicks off Construction of Giant Coal Fire-Powered Plant

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Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan (center) observes the site of PLTU Java 4 in Tubanan Village, Jepara, Central Java, on Aug. 31. (JP/dea)

PLN corporate communication head I Made Suprateka added that the plant construction was part of the government’s 35,000-MW electricity projects.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan (center) observes the site of PLTU Java 4 in Tubanan Village, Jepara, Central Java, on Aug. 31. (JP/dea)

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan kicked off on Thursday the construction of coal fire-power plant (PLTU) Jawa 4,  which has a capacity of 2,000 megawatts (MW), in Tubanan village, Jepara, Central Java.

The plant is an extension of the 2,600-MW PLTU Tanjung Jati, which has been in operation since March.

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To be constructed on 77 hectares in the northern coast of Java,  PLTU Jawa 4 is estimated to be completed within 50 to 56 months with a total investment of US$4.2 billion.

Once completed, it will be the largest coal-fired power plant in Southeast Asia.

“We hope this project is completed on time because it will double the capacity [of PLTU Tanjung Jati,” Jonan said in his speech.

He said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had demanded that local workers be involved in the construction.

PLN corporate communication head I Made Suprateka added that the plant construction was part of the government’s 35,000-MW electricity projects.

The construction of PLTU Jawa 4 will be handled by private firm Bhumi Jati Power, which will operate the plant for 25 years before it is taken over to state electricity company PLN. (dea/bbn, The Jakarta Post)

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