JAKARTA – The National Electricity Company (PLN) is ready to supply the electricity needs of the industrial sector. Because the electricity infrastructure is considered important in supporting economic growth, encouraging investment, and industrial equity, which has a further impact on the creation of employment and regional economies.
“The stability of electricity supply is the key to the growth of the modern industry which will spur an increase in the national economy. I see PLN more than ready to meet the needs and growth of the industrial world,” said Iwa Garniwa Mulyana, Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Indonesia (Jakarta).
PLN’s readiness to maintain the continuity of the industry, he continued, could be seen through PLN’s efforts to ensure reliable electricity supply for Special Economic Zones (KEK), Industrial Estates (KI) and other large customers.
Based on the 2018-2027 Electricity Supply Business Plan (RUPTL), the total power supplied by PLN to large customers is 22,461 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA). While customers that have been connected until October 2018 are 810 MVA.
In general, Iwa assessed that PLN’s infrastructure readiness had also been more than enough in an effort to meet the electricity supply needed by modern industries. But there is a fact that the growth of the industrial world is not as expected, according to him, it is not the responsibility of PLN.
In the PLN 2019-2028 RUPTL (Electricity Supply Business Plan), which was presented by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), the addition of electricity infrastructure is planned until 2028.
To achieve this target, PLN has made various efforts. One of them is to realize the Java-Bali power system (SJB), as the largest interconnection system in Indonesia.
The government continues to focus on building a power plant. In accordance with electricity statistics in 2017, in Java Bali there are currently 331 plants that are included in the interconnection system with a generating capacity of around 37,600 MW.