Indonesia to add 41,000 megawatts of electrical power in one decade

Indonesia to add 41,000 megawatts of electrical power in one decade

A geothermal power plant in Solok Selatan District, West Sumatra. (ANTARA/Erik Ifansya Akbar)

We have targeted to get an addition of nearly 41 thousand megawatts in the next 10 years including 2021
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government is planning to build power plants with a capacity of up to 41 thousand megawatts in the next 10 years, according to a draft of state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN)'s electricity procurement plan (RUPTL) for the 2021-2030 period.

The government assured that the planned development of power plants will prioritize new and renewable energy-based power plants, Director General of Electricity at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Rida Mulyana said in a statement quoted in Jakarta on Saturday.

"We have targeted to get an addition of nearly 41 thousand megawatts in the next 10 years including 2021," he said.

In 2021,  the government has targeted an addition of 8,915 megawatts comprising 4,688 megawatts from mine-mouth power plants and 3,467 megawatts from gas-fired power plants, he said.

Meanwhile, 22 megawatts will come from diesel power plants and 737 megawatts from new and renewable energy-based power plants.

Rida said the power plants with a capacity of 34,520 megawatts have been discussed with PLN, while power plants with a capacity of 6,439 megawatts are still being discussed.

In drafting the RUPTL for the next decade, the government will still give priority to the development of fossil fuel power plants over new and renewable energy-based power plants, with a 52 percent -48 percent ratio.

Based on the regulation, the RUPTL is drawn up every 10 years and will be subject to a change if based on the result of evaluation it needs revision. The change may also happen due to discretion from the energy and mineral resources minister or governor in accordance with their authority.

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