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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