From Government of Indonesia

30 Power Plant Projects on Offer

State-run electricity company, PT PLN, will host a tender for bidders interested in the construction of 30 coal-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 3,100 MW later this month.

The 30 power plants, located outside Java, are expected to operate in two to three years, the company's representative, Yogo Pratomo, said Thursday (14/12/06), according to Xinhua. The whole project is estimated to cost $2.5 billion.

Pratomo said Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) will coordinate and arrange the funds but is expected to ask other Indonesian banks to help.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd, China's largest power equipment maker, has signed an agreement with PT Truba Alam Manunggal Engineering to build power plants in the country, Shanghai said in a statement.

Shanghai and Truba will build a 50-MW coal-fired power plant in South Sumatra and a 250-MW coal-fired plant in North Sumatra, together worth $260 million, Reuters reported. Construction will begin next year, with the plants expected to be operational in 2008.

Two Chinese firms, China National Technical Import and Export Corp and Harbin Power, recently won contracts to build power plants in Indonesia, a PLN official has said. National Technical won the bid to build a 600-MW coal-fired power plant in West Java and Harbin Power got the contract to build a coal-fired power plant in East Java.

A Chinese team is also in Papua in line with the Chinese government’s plan to build a micro-hydroelectric power plant in the province. Seven experts from China have been sent to survey the proposed site of the plant along the Oksibil River in Pegunungan Bintang regency, The Jakarta Post reported.

Leader of the Chinese surveyors, Yan Shuanghong, said the river is deep enough for a hydroelectric plant that could generate 200 kilowatts to 300 kw of electricity. He said the Chinese government would provide a grant to build the plant.
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