State utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara plans to build three gas-fired power plants in Jakarta and East Java in order to head off a projected electricity shortage four years from now in the Java-Bali power grid because of delays in the construction of a large power plant in Central Java.
“We are preparing to build three gas-fired power plants as we have projected an electricity deficit in the Java-Bali grid by 2018,” PLN president director Nur Pamudji said on Monday. “We decided on the construction of gas-fired power plants because they can be completed faster.”
He added that the power plants will have a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts.
Murtaqi Syamsudin, PLN’s director for planning and affiliates development, said that the plan is to build a 1,000 MW power plant in Tanjung Priok and a 500 MW plant in Muara Karang, both of which will be in North Jakarta, and a 500 MW plant in Grati, East Java.