Jakarta – PT PLN (Persero) has completed an electricity infrastructure project known as the Sumatra Electricity Toll Road. The 275 kilo-volt (KV) Extra High Voltage Air Channel (SUTET) project is the backbone of electricity distribution from Southern Sumatra to North Sumatra and vice versa.
“With the existence of the 275 kV Sumatra electricity toll road, Sumatra’s electricity reliability is increasing and can reduce the cost of electricity production,” said PT PLN Regional Sumatra Business Director Wiluyo Kusdwiharto through a press release on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Wiluyo said that the 275 kV electricity toll was capable of flowing up to 2,000 MW of electricity from South Sumatra from the mine mouth power plant, to North Sumatra. The electricity toll road itself is declared feasible to operate after obtaining a Voltage-Worthy Recommendation (RLB) at a 275 kV SUTET on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
The Sumatra Electricity Highway runs along the Lahat line – Lubuk Linggau – Bangko – Muara Bungo – Kiliranjao – Paya Kumbuh – Padang Sidempuan – Sarula – Simangkok – Galang with a length of 2,866 kilometers of circuits (kms).
The benefit of the Sumatra Electricity Toll Road is to evacuate cheap electricity generated by mine mouth generators in South Sumatra to the north of Sumatra which will reduce electricity production costs (BPP) in Sumatra, also increase reliability, as electricity from the south to north Sumatra is interconnected.