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PLN building Rp431 billion submarine cable project

Kamis, 21 Maret 2013 21:08 WIB | 1.292 Views
PLN building Rp431 billion submarine cable project
Nur Pamudji. (ANTARA)
Batam (ANTARA News) - State electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara is building submarine electric cable between neighboring islands of Batam-Bintan in the Riau Islands province.

The project will cost an estimated Rp431 billion including Rp47.5 billion for over land cable to the capital city of Tanjungpinang, PLN President Nur Pamudji said here on Thursday.

PLN cooperates with Viscas Corporation of Japan and PT Karya Mitra Nugraha in installing the submarine cables, Pamudji said.

The project to transmit power from Batam to Bintan, is expected to be completed in mid 2014 or 14 months after the signing of the contract.

Pamudji said building the submarine cable is more efficient than building own power plant on Bintan, as the power requirement on the island is relatively small.

Bintan needs only 43 megawatts of power in day time and a little more at night, he said.

PLN will buy the power from PLN Batam its subsidiary on Batam to be distributed to Tanjungpinang on Bintan, only a few miles south of Singapore.

PLN Batam president Dadan Kurniadipura said his company would build a number of power plants to supply power to Bintan including a gas fired power plant at Tanjunguncang with a capacity of 120 MW and a coal fired power plant at Tanjungkasam .

Pamudji said PLN has no plan yet to export power to Singapore, saying the construction of submarine cables has nothing to do with any plan to export power to the neighboring country.

Even if export is to be made it would not be through the Batam-Bintan cables, which has limited capacity, he said.