Editor: Fery Muharam
Asean- Power.com, JAKARTA- The Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant (PLTA) has entered the construction phase. The electricity project with a capacity of 510 megawatts (4 x 127.5 MW) is targeted to be able to operate commercially or commercial on date (CoD) by 2022.
The Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant will be used as a power plant or supplier when the peak load occurs in the Sumatra Electric Power System. Electricity produced by the Batang Toru PLTA will be channeled through a 275 kV transmission network owned by the National Electricity Company (PLN).
The Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant is expected to contribute to the saving of fuel oil equivalent to US $ 383 million.
Other benefits from the development of the Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant include increasing the renewable energy mix, reducing carbon emissions, increasing local government revenues, and increasing employment. In addition, the addition of electrical power from the Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant and the increasing reliability of the electricity system in South Tapanuli Regency are expected to increase the electrification ratio which currently reaches 82.32%.
The developer of the Batang Toru Hydroelectric Power Plant, PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy, is a consortium of PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Investasi (PT PJBI), PT Dharma Hydro Nusantara, and Fareast Green Energy Pte Ltd and is built on an area of 650 hectares employing around 600 workers, and has done financial close in 2017.
The developer reports that it has made a work plan to resolve environmental problems through monitoring the population and habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan in the work area and its surroundings. Protection and rescue socialization was also carried out to the community, and 27 camera traps were installed to monitor the Tapanuli orangutan population, which later also planned to have 30 additional camera traps.