President Joko Widodo: No More Stalled Projects Due to Licensing

By Alfurkon Setiawan
Date 29 Agustus 2015
Category: News
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President Jokowi when viewing the location of plant (PLTU) Batang, in the beach of Ujungnegoro village, Kandeman District, Batang Regency, Friday (28/8)

President Joko Widodo has asserted that there should be no more stalled projects due to either licensing issues or land acquisition. The President wishes the projects are running as soon as possible.

“I will pay a visit to check this again all of suddenin one, two, three months ahead,” the President said when inaugurating the construction of Steam-fueled Power Plant (PLTU), in the coast of Ujung negoro village, Kandeman subdistrict, Batang Regency, Central Java, on Friday (28/8).

The construction of a 2 x 1000 MW capacity PLTU worth USD4 billion is to resume after a four-year delay. The Government cooperates with a private company PT Bhimasena Power Indonesia to resume the development projects that will supply power to the islands of Java and Bali.

The President emphasized that the project under the scheme of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) is based on an open, competitive, transparent and accountable process. The President went on to say that this project should serveas an example for thecooperation pattern of public and private infrastructure development in Indonesia, given the fact that the State Budget (APBN) is not enough to build the entire infrastructure needed by the people of Indonesia.

The Government, the President added, will work hard across sectors to make a breakthrough to overcome bottlenecks that arise in the construction of power plants.  Otherwise, Indonesia will experience a power crisis by 2019.

The President affirmed that no one would disagree that electricity is one energy source that is very important.

“People need electricity to sustain daily life and boost national economic activity,” the President said.

The President reminded that children across the border must be able to study at night, and fishermen can store theircatch in a cooler. “Small convections, stalls, and small enterprises can live, and all it requires electricity,” the President explained.

Electrification program

Teten Masduki, the President’s Communications Team member, in a press release on Friday (28/8) said that the Government is targeting the electrification ratio until the end of 2019 at 97 percent and 99 percent in 2020 of the number of households in Indonesia. Therefore, within a period of five years (2015-2019) a number of power plants areto be built up to 35,000 MW.

“Those are based on the growing electricity needs from day to day, which is consistent with economic growth. In order to respond to the demand for the growingpower supply, the addition of power plant capacity must still be held,” Teten said.

It can be that of the demand is much faster resulting in power supply shortage. Facing the situation of limited power supply, according to Teten, the Government still seeks to accelerate the reduction of power supply shortages in some areas.

“The construction of power plant aims to bring benefits for the people,” Teten explained.

Accompanying President Joko Widodo were Minister of State-owned Enterprises, Rini Suwandi, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Finance Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ferry M. Baldan, Chief of National Police General Badrodin Haiti, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, President Director of State-owned Electricity Firm (PLN) Sofyan Basir, CEO of PT Bhimasena Power Indonesia Mohammad Efendi as the executive of the construction of PLTU Batang. (ES) (MHar/Yu/Mit-Naster/Sy).

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