35,000 megawatts

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

in­crease in power ca­pac­ity within five years in In­done­sia

“The power plant is also ex­pected to in­crease en­ergy uti­liza­tion ef­fi­ciency and im­prove lo­cal en­ergy struc­ture with more clean en­ergy.”

Be­ing more ef­fi­cient and less ex­pen­sive in pro­duc­ing power, Chi­nese en­ter­prises can break Ja­pan’s mo­nop­oly in coal-rich In­done­sia’s power gen­er­a­tion sec­tor, Han added.

Cur­rently, the prov­ince’s power mostly comes from high-cost and high-emis­sion diesel gen­er­at­ing sets as well as ex­pen­sive im­ports from neigh­bor­ing Malaysia. Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease by the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment in De­cem­ber, with the coun­try’s power sys­tem be­yond reach of its re­mote re­gions, 2,519 vil­lages are still are liv­ing in the dark with­out power sup­ply.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhan Ke, pres­i­dent di­rec­tor of PT. GCL Indo Te­naga, a joint ven­ture be­tween GCL and In­done­sia Power, the pop­u­la­tion of In­done­sia is three times that of east­ern China’s Jiangsu prov­ince, yet the in­stalled pow­er­gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity is only 560,000 megawatts, half of that in Jiangsu prov­ince.

The Kal­bar-1 power sta­tion, which is part of In­done­sia’s power sup­ply plan to add 35,000 megawatts of power ca­pac­ity within five years, will be able to sup­ply around 1.4 gi­gawatt hour of elec­tric­ity to West Kal­i­man­tan power grid ev­ery year.

Not­ing the com­pany’s most sig­nif­i­cant over­seas in­vest­ment along the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, GCL’s pres­i­dent Zhu Gong­shan said the lack of power sup­ply in the re­gions has pro­vided Chi­nese en­ergy com­pa­nies with an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to ex­port tech­nol­ogy, em­ploy­ment, and bet­ter en­ergy mix abroad.

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