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Construction of Jawa-1, a gas-powered power plant is starting

Construction of Jawa-1, a combined-cycle gas-fired power plant, the biggest project of its kind in Southeast Asia, began on Wednesday.

“The project is part of the commitment of two state-owned enterprises, namely electricity company PLN and energy holding company Pertamina to produce clean and affordable energy to support the country’s economic development,” said Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati in her speech during the project’s launch.

The power plant, with a total investment of US$1.8 billion, will generate 1,760 megawatts (MW), and be built by two different consortiums — PT Jawa Satu Power (JSP) and PT Jawa Satu Regas (JSR) – in Karawang, West Java.

Pertamina Power Indonesia (PPI), an electricity subsidiary of Pertamina, leads both the JSP and JSR consortiums, with stakes of 40 and 26 percent, respectively. The other stakeholders in JSP are Japan’s Marubeni and Sojitz Corporation with respective shares of 40 and 20 percent. In JSR, Pertamina is collaborating with Humpuss, Marubeni, Mitsui OSK Lines and Sojitz.

PPI president director Ginanjar said the construction of the plant would require some 4,600 workers and it would then employ 200 staff.

“It will contribute to creating employment as well as economic improvement in the region,” Ginanjar said as quoted by kompas.com.

PLN strategic procurement director Supangkat Iwan Santoso said the construction of the combined-cycle Jawa-1, which was part of the 35,000 MW generation program, is expected to be complete in 2021.

He said the electricity produced in the power plant would be distributed through the Java-Bali electricity network owned by PLN and was expected to supply 11 million new customers. (bbn)

The Jakarta Post

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