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Jayapura, Jubi – The management of PT PLN Papua and West Papua (WP2B) will increase the electrification ratio in Papua by building a number of PLTMGs that will be in existence from 2017 to 2019.
General Manager of PLN WP2B Yohanes Sukrislismono estimates that in September 2017, PLTMG (Phase I) of 50 MW will be built to get surplus of electricity power in Jayapura.
“PLN also built PLTMG Nabire with a capacity of 20 MW targeted for completion later this year, following PLTMG in Timika 40 MW, Biak 35 MW, Merauke 40 MW, Serui 10 MW, Manokwari 20 MW, Fakfak 10 MW, Bintuni 10 MW, and Kaimana 10 MW and Raja Ampat 10 MW, ” he added.
He hopes that by 2018 the electricity supply in Papua will be available with the addition of new power plants.
Quoted from CNNIndonesia.com, PT PLN (Persero) budgeted Rp2, 53 trillion to run electricity projects into the village this year in North Maluku province, Maluku, West Papua and Papua.
Most of the budget is allocated for Papua and West Papua are Rp1.81 trillion or 71.53 percent of the total funding plan.
Regional Business Director of Maluku and Papua PLN Haryanto WS said the budget is allocated to 564 villages in Maluku and Papua. A total of 365 villages are located in Papua and the remaining 199 are located in the Maluku archipelago.
“We allocate the budget Rp1, 81 trillion for electricity to be able to reach into the village in Papua and Rp752 billion in Maluku,” said Haryanto, Tuesday (April 25th)
Although the number of villages to be reached in Papua is almost twice that of Maluku, the village’s electricity budget in Papua is almost three times then of Maluku. Haryanto said, the high cost incurred due to Papua’s geographical location is difficult to penetrate the road. (*)
Reporter: Sindung Sukoco