Ceremony To mark The Start of Operation - Photo by MHPS

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has completed the construction the first unit of natural gas-fired power generation facility of the Tanjung Priok Power Plant owned by a state-owned electricity provider PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), said the company in a statement on Tuesday (12/06).

Under the Jawa-2 Project, PLN plans to construct an 880 megawatt (MW) plant comprising two gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation systems. The unit 1 has initially gone into operation as a simple gas turbine system, with output currently near 300 MW. This demonstrates the steady progress of Jawa-2 Project.

PLN’s director W.S. Haryanto assured that the strong relationship between the operator and MHPS will continue in the future. As a result, the operation of unit 2 as a simple gas turbine and combined cycle operation will also begin as contracted delivery schedule, he added.

This project is to be constructed at Tanjung Priok, a port city approximately 10 km northeast of central Jakarta, the nation’s capital. The full-turnkey order for the power plant was received by MHPS in partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation and PT Wasa Mitra Engineering, a local construction and engineering firm.

The launch of operations as a GTCC system, generating power by gas turbine and by a steam turbine utilizing recovered exhaust heat, is slated for 2019. This project is part of a 35,000 MW power expansion program under way by the Indonesian Government to meet the country’s rapidly increasing demand for electric power along with the economic growth.

In May 2015, President Joko Widodo government unveiled an ambitious program to develop 35,000 MW installed capacity of power plants in the period of 2015-2019. The program was launched in Bantul, Jogyakarta, marked by the groundbreaking of a number of power plant projects to be developed by the government in the following years.

The program was aimed at meeting the growing demand for electricity of the households as well as the business sector. The program was launched assuming the electricity demand was projected to grow at an average of 8.7 percent per year through to 2019 and the fact the country’s electrification ratio was only 84 percent.

Data source : Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry

Based on the 35,000 power plant capacity program, 35 power plants with a capacity of 10,681 MW will be developed by PLN and 74 projects with a capacity of 25,904 MW will be developed independent power producers.

Just over half of the power plants will be generated by coal. Under the plan, as many as 109 power plants will be developed within the five-year plan.

To smoothen the program, the government and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued a number of policies and regulations to simplify investment procedures and permits.

In the same time, MHPS announced has completed replacement of a gas turbine at the Torishima Energy Center, a gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) thermal power plant located in the bay area of Osaka operated by Gas and Power Co., Ltd., an Daigas Group company. Operation of the new power plant with a rated generation capacity of 140.5 MW is already underway.

The Torishima Energy Center is a natural gas-fired GTCC power plant that went into operation in April 2002.

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