PLN to buy private power to meet Indonesian shortfalls

27 August 2003 – Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company PLN said it plans to buy power from large industrial companies who have their own power plants to cope with a power supply shortage in Java.

PLN has discussed the purchase of power from a number of large companies including fertilizer, paper and cement factories which have an excess in power supply from their own power generating facilities.

PLN President Eddie Widiono said the power supply from the companies would be used to feed PLN’s Java-Bali interconnection systems.

PLN has warned of possible blackouts in Java including Jakarta as its supplying capacity has declined as a result of a long drought.

The drought has left a number of big dams that feed a number of PLN’s hydropower plants in Java without water.

The protracted drought has also threatened many areas in the country with serious food shortage.