Due to a lengthy land clearance process, the full-scale development of the controversial Batang power plant in Central Java is facing further delays, which has pushed the developer to seek an extension for the project’s financial closure.
The full-scale construction of the 2 x 1,000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant, touted to be the largest in Southeast Asia, is still pending the clearance of around 12 hectares of land, according to state-owned electricity firm PLN.
PLN is now in charge of the land clearance process for the power plant following the implementation of the Land Acquisition Law.
“PLN has stepped in to work on the land acquisition. We are in coordination with BPI [Bhimasena Power Indonesia] and BPN [the National Land Agency]. BPI has asked for an extension of the financial closure period by six months,” PLN director Murtaqi Syamsuddin said.