Java-Bali grid adds 5% power from new 815MW coal power plant
The islands of Java, Madura and Bali now have an additional 815-megawatt power source fromanewcoal-fired power plant.
Paiton Energy's coal-fired power plant in Probolinggo, East Java, is Indonesia’s largest and most advanced coal-fired power plant, according to Paiton’s president director Low Kian Min.
“Our newest plant boosts the capacity of the Java-Bali power grid by about 5 percent,” said Low. “This completion marks an important milestone in Indonesia’s energy sector.”
The capacity of the Java-Bali power grid is about 28,000 megawatts. In April, demand for energy in the area peaked at a record 20,172 megawatts.
The plant is located in the Probolinggo complex that contains seven coal-fired power plants, which together produce more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity. Paiton owns three of the seven plants.
Paiton invested $1.5 billion in the complex, which began operating in March.
The complex was completed in 44 months and one month ahead of schedule.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said Paiton’s plant is aligned with the government’s plan to reduce oil consumption.
“The president has instructed me to make the most of other power sources and bring down oil consumption,” the minister said. The government, he said, plans to construct a total of 28 geothermal power plants with estimated capacity of 4,000 megawatts.