PT PLN (Persero) will build a Hydroelectric Power Plant (PLTA) in North Kalimantan. This plant is predicted to become the largest hydropower plant in Indonesia.
How not, its capacity reaches 1,350 MW, PLN Director of Procurement I Sripeni Inten Cahyani said, this PLTA will be used to support the development of industrial estates and ports in Indonesia.
“There is KIPI (International Industrial and Port Area) in Tanah Kuning. It will support the smelter industry there, so it does need electricity, and it can only be fulfilled by hydropower,” said Inten when met at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Jakarta.
Furthermore, he revealed, there were already potential buyers for electricity from the hydropower plant, namely PT Inalum (Persero) and industrial estates.
“The development of hydropower in Central Kalimantan is specifically for electrifying KIPI and for Indonesia, so that energy security is good,” he said.
Meanwhile, for the operation, continued Inten, it is expected to be 5-6 years from now. “Gradually,” he concluded.
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B Pandjaitan added that he wanted the project to start construction next year.
“I ask that this hydropower project can start construction in the next year, worth US $ 2 billion,” Luhut said.