Government to provide power-plant vessel to NTT

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - The government will provide a 60 megawatt power-plant vessel to East Nusa Tenggara Province.

"The ship will arrive in Kupang within two or three months," President Joko Widodo said here on Monday.

The floating power plant is expected to provide additional electrical power to the region.

"The province has a problem with electricity. Therefore, the government will strive to help build a number of solar-powered electric generators (PLTS) in some areas," the president stated.

Earlier, the government announced that it would prioritize the development of electricity in Eastern Indonesia, President Widodo stated.

"We will focus on electrical development in the eastern part of Indonesia, because there are many people who do not receive electricity," President Widodo said here on Monday.

It was further noted that eastern Indonesia has a great potential for solar-powered electric generators (PLTS).

"The construction of PLTS in Oelpuah Village, Kupang District, was completed in nine months. The PLTS served 5.500 households," the president said.

The president added that PLTS was the best solution to overcome the ongoing electricity crisis that is occurring in Indonesia.

"The problem of electricity does not only occur in the province, but also throughout Indonesia. Therefore, Indonesia will use solar power plants," he reiterated.(*)