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Stop-Gap Measure to Provide Indonesia With Electricity

Reva Sasistiya | February 11, 2010

State electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik

Negara will rent hundreds of diesel and oil-powered
electricity generators to alleviate power shortages in
some outlying provinces.

Renting the generators was an “emergency

measure” to help quickly resolve the shortages, PLN
president director Dahlan Iskan told the House of
Representatives’ Commission VII, which oversees
energy issues, on Thursday. Developing new plants
would take at least two years, he said.

PLN has allocated Rp 2 trillion ($21 million) a year to

PLN president director Dahlan Iskan said renting Yahoo!
rent the generators, the first of which would be
generators to cope with power shortages was an
"emergency measure." (JG Photo/Safir Makki)
operational this month, Dahlan said.
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southeastern Sulawesi, southern and western 52wk Range: 2,431.84 - 3,789.47
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According to PLN data, West Nusa Tenggara has a
34.5 MW electricity deficit. It will receive an additional 1 Day 5 Days 1 Year

Post a comment 6 MW of capacity from this month, followed by 10.8

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Maluku, with a deficit of 21 MW, will get an extra 10
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MW in March and 35 MW in July.

Southern and western Sulawesi, with a 97.2 MW COMPONENTS OF JKSE

deficit, will get an extra 127 MW in March.
North and southeast Sulawesi, with a 27 MW deficit,
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“It won’t be an effective short-term solution, because

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hours daily,” Fabby said. Indonesia Government Says

Rather than renting generators, Fabby said PLN

should build small-scale hydropower plants in areas
with the most severe electricity deficits.

“It will be a more sustainable plan for PLN,

considering the construction will take only a year and
they won’t cost much to operate,” Fabby said.

Meanwhile, Dahlan said PLN also planned to buy

more power from independent generators. In
February, PLN plans to buy 231 MW of electricity
from private producers, he said.

The first phase of the government’s “fast-track”

electricity generating program will see an extra
10,000 MW of capacity added to the system by 2012,
while the second phase of the program will add LATEST VIDEOS
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