"After PON, we will continue to fulfill the demand for electricity supply. Therefore, we invite investors to invest in Papua. All supporting infrastructure for investors is ready," General Manager of PLN's main unit for Papua and West Papua Region, Abdul Farid, said on Wednesday as quoted from InfoPublik.
The addition of electricity network infrastructure for PON has opened opportunities for other economic activities, such as agriculture, fisheries, mining, or further sporting activities, he added.
PLN has sourced 400 megawatts of power for Papua and West Papua from a number of gas power plants, hydropower plants, and diesel power plants, he informed.
PLN has provided Jayapura with up to 135 megawatts of power of which only 97 megawatts have been used, he said. Meanwhile, Merauke has received 56 megawatts and used only 20 megawatts, he added.
"We have an excess supply of electricity that would be an advantage for investors," Farid said referring to the excess electricity supply in Sorong and Nabire.
Regarding the electricity needs during Papua PON, Farid said PLN has been working tirelessly to meet them. The state-owned company is ready to complete requests for new electricity installations within the same day, he added.
PLN has anticipated a large number of joint electricity connection requests by establishing communication with stakeholders, he said.
"Synergy and good communication really help us move quickly to serve all urgent needs," he remarked.
PLN has allocated a budget of up to Rp313 billion to support Papua PON. The budget has been used for the construction of a new network and the purchase of generators and UPS, he informed.
Meanwhile, Rp5 billion has been used as a sponsorship fund for Papua PON, he added.
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