PLN to build Indonesia’s biggest hydropower plant in N. Kalimantan. State electricity firm PLN plans to build the country’s biggest hydropower plant (PLTA) in North Kalimantan, aiming to power the Tanah Kuning-Mangkupadi industrial and port zone (KIPI).
PLN director for strategic procurement 1 Sripeni Inten Cahyani said Friday that the project’s power capacity will stand at 1,350 megawatts (MW) and will operate six years from now.
“The project will be supported by the smelter industry in KIPI Tanah Kuning. Electricity demand in the area can only be fulfilled by a hydropower plant,” she said in Jakarta.
Her statement came after a meeting in the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister with Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, as well as officials from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.
Luhut said the project’s investment was estimated to stand at US$2 billion. “I asked that the project begin construction next year,” he said.
During the same event, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry electricity supervision director Hendra Iswahyudi said the project was part of the efforts to reach renewable energy targets of 23 percent of the national energy mix by 2025.
“North Kalimantan is rich with hydropower potential, so why don’t we develop [power plants]. We as the regulator will push for electricity from renewable energy,” he said.
According to PLN’s electricity procurement plan (RUPTL) for the 2019-2028 period, the Kayan River in North Kalimantan could generate electricity of 6×150 MW and there is also the potential for seven more hydropower plants with total capacity at 3,350 MW. PLN to build Indonesia’s biggest hydropower plant in N. Kalimantan (est, Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, The Jakarta Post)