Banjarnegara dam badly silted, threatens power supply

The Mrica Dam in Banjarnegara regency, Central Java has become badly silted up and is at risk of not being able to feed PT Indonesia Power’s hydroelectric power plant (PLTA), potentially threatening electricity supply for areas in Java and Bali.

“The dam, a legacy of former president Soeharto, is in a critical state now. If large-scale dredging is not immediately carried out, it can only last for another five years,” Banjarnegara Vice Regent Hadi Supeno told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Hadi said the current volume of mud in the dam had reached 125 million cubic meters, or equivalent to around 70 percent of the total volume of the dam.

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Posted September 1, 2015 by repit in News

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