JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — The Indonesian government initiated the development of a Gas and Steam Power Plant Jawa-1, in Cilamaya, Karawang, West Java province today (12/19). The project will have 1,760 MW capacity by utilising 400 million cubic feet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) daily.
It is expected to be the largest integrated power plant in Southeast Asia, as it combines LNG and independent power producer.
The US$1.8 billion Jawa-1 power plant involves more than 20 local and foreign companies. The project is expected to have a broad effect on economic development in Karawang and its surroundings like Bekasi and elsewhere. It will employ 5,000 workers during the construction stage and 200 people will be involved in the running of the operation.
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs (CMEA) Darmin Nasution said, the power plant will support Java Island and Bali Island electrical system. The Government has determined the power plant to be a national strategic project and a priority project of the Committee for Accelerating Priority Infrastructure Provision.
“In the process of financial closing preparedness, the committee has facilitated the finalisation of spatial suitability, land acquisition processes, and the issuance of required permits,” said Nasution.
The minister highlighted that gas infrastructure is needed to support the power plant development. He hopes that the development will bring other strategic infrastructure projects to the area.
The power plant is also a step towards supporting clean energy in 2025, according to PT Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned energy enterprise. The CEO Nicke Widyawati said, the project is a strategic step for the future, that will carry out the government’s commitment to back the new and renewable energy.
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