Jayapura, 29/4 (Jubi)- Non-technical obstacles such as land disputes with landowners are hampering the construction of the Genyem and Holtekam hydro-power transmission towers, the state electricity company PLN said.
“It’s not the first time, but it’s a part of the prior process and we must solve this issue as soon as possible,” General Manager of the Construction Unit XIV of PT PLN, Robertus Sitorus, said after meeting the Jayapura mayor on Tuesday (29/4).
Because without a transmission tower of 70 Kilo Volt to transmit electricity supplies from 225 locations, there will not be enough electricity supplies to Jayapura.
“It doesn’t mean the process of releasing the land tenure wasn’t done, but we just have to make deals for the rest of 147 locations. PLTA Genyem would be operated on next August,” Sitorus said.
He further said his unit is still difficult to distribute the electricity power from Holtekam to Jayapura at 67 location of the construction of the tower foundation. It’s estimated to operate at the end of 2014.
“But we can find a temporary solution with developing a transmission tower of 20 KV which passing the Holtekam Bay, but it should also construct a transmission tower in Engros and Tobati considering the ship traffic,” he said.
Meanwhile the Jayapura Mayor said the government is ready to support the PLN in facilitation mediation with the landowners. “We will sit together with the landowners and PLN representatives to talk about the appropriated compensation, and I will ask the support from the community as those who will get the benefit,” Mano said. (Jubi/Sindung/rom)