Jayapura, Jubi – Puncak Jaya government plans to build seven hydroelectric plants, its regent said.
Henock Ibo said, once the plants have been completed, a number of districts in Mulia, Puncak Jaya will have access to electricity.
“The cost to build a hydroelectricity plant is Rp.12 billion and we hope all districts will have electricity access. We will build 7 units of hydro-power plants and each of them will have a different capacity. Next year, Yamo district will have electricity,” Henock Ibo said in Jayapura last week.
This project is in cooperation with the hydro-power Bandung, West Java. All hydro-power machines were imported from Bandung.
“Three weeks ago, director of PLTA in Bandung went to Puncak Jaya. Next year we want hydroelectricity can be built in the districts that have the potential of water. Later, there would not be electricity charge for the local people, “he said.
He further said the local indigenous community will not be charged because they have voluntarily handed over the land that has the potential of water for hydro-power development.
On one occasion, the Head of PLN of Papua and West Papua Robert Sitorus said two regencies in the central mountainous region of Papua, Jayawijaya and Yahukimo, will have PLTA.
“The feasibility test of the river is completed only we can not not predict when hydropower can be used, because there is a need to have several other studies, “Sitorus said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)