Yudhoyono asks PLN not to hesitate to take action

Jakarta (Antara News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on PT PLN not to hesitate to take action in its efforts to speed up construction of power plants with a combined capacity of 10,000 MW to overcome power shortages in several parts of the country.

"If PLN is doubtful about whether the action will run counter to the regulation or law, consult the superiors, be it the president or other top officials. As such, the good will not turn out to be problems in the future," he said in a press conference on Wednesday.

The head of state made the remarks while making an impromptu visit to the head office of the state electricity company in South Jakarta on Wednesday. He was greeted by State Enterprises Minister Sugiharto and PT PLN President Director Eddie Widiono.

Yudhoyono was accompanied among others by Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi during the visit.

Under the urgent circumstances, it was a must for the PLN to take necessary measures to overcome power shortages, he said.

He, however, reminded PLN employees of the need to be professional, careful and transparent in taking such action.

"As such, there will be no assumptions, worries and even blasphemy that the implementation is not based on the existing rules," he added.

He said an immediate action is needed to handle power crisis in such provinces as North Sumatra.

He said through the visit he wanted to get first hand information on the condition and situation of the company as well as its program and action plan for electricity development.

In response to many problems facing new power plants, including steam power plant (PLTU) Cilacap and PLTU Tanjung Jati B, he asked PLN not to leave the problem unsolved.

"PLN must make a solution to ensure that a problematic project will run as expected," he said.

On the occasion, the president gave the assurance that there will be no power tariff hike in 2007. (*)
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