"Of the five PLTA investors in Kaltara, I see that PT Kayan Hidro Energi (KHE) is the most ready to build the Kayan hydropower plants," Irianto Lambrie said in Tanjung Selor, on Saturday.
PT KHE still needed to obtain two more licenses, namely a renewal permit to use forest area, and permits for dam construction and safety certificate.
To build PLTA Kayan, PT KHE is in the preparations for pre-construction process without large scale activities.
"They (PT KHE) have also disbursed around Rp2 trillion in funds for the acceleration of the realization of this project. So, they are really serious," the Governor said.
PLTA Kayan will have five dam construction projects, namely PT Kayan 1, Kayan 2, Kayan3, Kayan 4 and Kayan 5.
PLTA Kayan 1 with a capacity of 900 megawatts, has completed licensing process covering feasibility study (FS), environmental impact assessment (Amdal), and detailed engineering design (DED).
The Kayan 2 will have a capacity of 1,200 megawatts and the Kayan 3 with a capacity of 1,800 megawatts. Their location permits have been obtained. Their feasibility studies, environmental impact analysis, and DED have been in progress and 50 percent completed.
The Kayan 4 and the Kayan 5 will have a capacity of 1,800 megawatts and 3,300 megawatts respectively.
Of a total of 27 licensing items that have to be obtained, KHE has completed 25 licensing items. The licensing application process has begun since 2011 .
The hydropower plants will use water from five rivers existing in North Kalimantan.
In Nunukan District, there are Sembakung River and Sebuku River. In Bulungan, there is Kayan River. In Malinau, there are Mentarang River and Malinau River.
"For Sembakung River in Nunukan, the investor is PT Hanergi Power Indonesia with a plan to build a hydropower plant with a capacity of 250 megawatt. Its environmental impact assessment is in the process," the governor said.
Mentarang River in Malinau will support a hydropower plant with capacity of 7,600 megawatt or 3,430 megawatt to be built by PT Kalimantan Electricity. its location permit and environmental impact analysis are being processed.
Hyundai Engineering is also interested in investing in a 300 megawatt hydropower plant development in Malinau.
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