Indonesia`s PLN must increase power production capacity

Jakarta (Antara News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said state electricty company PT PLN must strive to increase its production capacity in Java and Bali in parallel with the continuous growth in social-economic acivities in the two islands.

"There is no other choice, PLN`s electricty production capacity must be raised so that its power suply system can always be relied on," Kalla told the press here Firday.

He said the government had launched a program to build power plants in Java and Bali with a combined capacity of 10,000 MW but in the meantime the ratio between electricty production capacity and economic activities had reached such a precarious level that disruptions at just one or two power plants had a direct effect on the reliability of the entire power supply system.

"Therefore, there is no other way but to repair malfunctioning power plants and increase electricity production capacity," he said.

The Java-Bali electricity supply system has been suffering a capacity deficit over the past two days following disruptions that happened simultaneously at a number of power plants.

The capacity deficit compelled PLN to effect blackouts equal to 35 MW in North Jakarta. The blackouts lasted for about two hours from 18.00 to 20.00.

The disruptions happened at the Paiton 7, Suralaya 5, Cilacap 2, Cilegon and Muara Tawar power plants but PLN was estimating power supply would be restored to normal on Friday.(*)
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