President discusses power supply recovery efforts

President discusses power supply recovery efforts

President Joko Widodo visited PT PLN's office in Jakarta on Monday (5/8/2019). ANTARA/Bayu Prasetyo/sh

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met with state-owned electricity firm PT PLN's board of directors, Monday, to discuss efforts to recover power supply following a major blackout in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten on Aug 4.

"In a big company, such as PLN, I think a risk management system must be in place. Of course, there are contingency plans, back up plans," Jokowi remarked during the meeting held at PLN's office in Jakarta.

The president delved at depth to unearth the reason behind the company's failure to run its risk management system.

At the meeting, the president was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, and Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara.

Also present at the meeting were Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani, some regional directors, and its board of commissioners.

The blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several issues in the 500 kV extra high voltage transmission in Ungaran and Pemalang.

PT PLN has gradually recovered the power supply and tendered an apology for the inconvenience and will conduct evaluation to prevent recurrence of such incident, Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani remarked at a press conference on Sunday. Related news: Major blackout does not disrupt Jasa Marga's toll road services
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