Former Social Minister Idrus Marham Detained by Indonesia’s anti-graft body on Friday (31/08) - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Former Social Minister Idrus Marham has been detained for the next 20 days by Indonesia’ Corruption Eradication Commission in connection with bribery case for Riau-1 coal fired power plant project.

On Friday (31/O8), Marham walked out of the Corruption body’s lobby at 6.25 p.m . He was guarded to prisoner transport vehicle.
“He was detained for the next 20 days in our prisoon in Kuningan Persada street (Jakarta),” said the spokesman Febri Diansyah.
Marham was named as suspects for his role in the Eni Maulanu Saragih, a member of parliament and Golkar party politician on the bribery case  of Riau-1 coal-fired power plant project.
According to the agency, Saragih who was then a deputy chairman of Energy’s House of Commission received bribed money from Johannes Kotjo, the shareholder of Singapore-based Blackgold Natural Resources Ltd., which will work on Riau -1 power plant. She received Rp 4 billion (US$275,865) around November to December 2017 and Rp2.25 billion around March and June 2018.
The money  were part of $1.5 million commitment from Kotjo to her. Marham’s received the same commitment from Kotjo. His role was to encourage the signing of power purchase agreement with state-owned energy producer PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara.

Blackgold received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from PLN to obtain Power Plant Purchase Agreement (PPA) of PLTU Riau-1 project in January 2018.

The consortium consists of BlackGold, PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PJB), PT PLN Batubara (PLN BB) and China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd. (CHEC). The company will develop, construct, operate and maintain a 2×300 MW coal mine of Riau-1 power plant.

Under the LOI, the consortium will incorporate a definitive PPA with PLN upon the fulfillment of certain terms and conditions as laid down in the LOI. Upon receipt of the LOI, the consortium will form a joint venture for the Riau-1 Project to finalize a long-term fixed-term fixed-use agreement with BlackGold subsidiary PT Samantaka Batubara to supply coal to the Riau-1 Project.

The PJB is a powerhouse company aimed at promoting Indonesia’s economic development by providing high-quality, reliable and sustainable energy supply. PJB is a wholly owned subsidiary of PLN.

PLN BB provides support to its parent company, PLN to get coal for power plants.

US$1: Rp14,500

Written by Staff Editor, Email: