The electricity supply system in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, would be stronger with the development of Steam-Powered Generator (PLTU) Amurang 2 X 30 MW mega watt (MW). This PLTU which was build by a consortium PT Mega Power International (MPI), PT Cogindo Daya Bersama and PT Bagus Karya would be hired by PLN State Electricity Company for a period of 9 years. The Amurang PLTU was scheduled to operate as per 2014. Signing on the rental agreement of the PLTU was done by President Director of PLN Nur Pamudji and President Director of PT MPI Heni Kusuma Caya and Commissioner of PT MPI Lee Seung Se in Jakarta on Friday 30/3. This effort was done by PLN to meet the high demand for electricity in North Sulawesi. In tandem with Government’s resolution to continuously propel economic growth and increase of electricity consumption ratio, PLN was continuing effort to fulfill electricity need and anticipate growing demand for electricity.
This PLTU generator which was located in the vollage of Moinit, District of West Amurang, Regency of South Minahasa, North Sulawesi would be most significant in strengthening electricity supply to the network system in Minahasa which included the regions of North Sulawesi and Gorontalo. The agreed rental fee was USD 5,2437 cent per KWH for a period of 9 years. By renting coal-fueled powerhouse, energy consumption would be lest costly and more efficient rather than using diesel powered generator.
According to Nur Parmuji, this PLTU contract was the first to be exercised by PLN “This is a milestone in history, in the beginning it seemed strange: how can a PLTU be hired? This PLTU rental system is a significant step in the effort to minimize use of oil fuel” Nur was quoted as saying.
Previously PT Amurang already existed, by hiring PLTU all the hassles of land clearing, coal preparing coal yard etc would be skipped. As planned, this hired PLTU would be put in operation beside the existing PLTU Amurang.
Today peak time of power output in North Selawesi mainland and Gorontalo reached 250 megawatt (MW) with growth of burden around 9% per year. The current was supplied from various powerhouses like Thermal Powered Generator (PLTA) Tonsea (old), PLTA Tanggari, some Diesel Powered Generators (PLTD) and Mini Hydro (PLTM Generators.
Business News - April 9, 2012