Coal, New Projects, O&M

2,000-MW Indonesian coal-fired plant may be operational next year

What some are calling the largest coal-fired power plant in Indonesia should begin commercial operations in 2020, officials said.

The 2,000-MW Batang power plant is nearly completed, an official with Adaro Power told the Jakarta Post. The project is being built to deal with Indonesia’s looming electricity shortage, according to the company.

Indonesia government authorities are pushing a larger plan to add 35,000 MW of power to the national grid. Construction on the Batang plant began in 2017, according to reports.

It has faced both international environmental and local opposition, with some Batang villagers claiming human rights abuses and negative impacts on fishing.

Bhimasena Power Indonesia, a joint venture of Japanese firms Itochu Corp. and Adaro Power is the developer on the estimated $4 billion (U.S.) project in Central Java. Parent firm Adaro Energy is one of Indonesia’s largest coal companies.

Various researchers and news reports have forecast that coal-fired capacity in Asia will grow by more than 50 percent over the next few years. China, India, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia are a few of those nations adding coal-fired power plants.

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