Indonesia Plans $2.1b Sumatra-Java Undersea Electricity Cable

 Indonesia plans to spend $2.1 billion laying a cable to transmit electricity from the coal-rich island of Sumatra to the densely populated island of Java, government officials said on Thursday.

The government of Southeast Asia’s largest economy hopes the cable will better distribute electricity and alleviate frequent black-outs brought about by decades of under-investment in energy infrastructure.

The cable will cross a 35 kilometer-wide portion of the Sunda Strait and will be able to transmit 500 kilovolts of electricity, Minister of National Development Planning Armida Alisjahbana told reporters after meeting with the chief economic minister.

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Posted June 22, 2014 by repit in News

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