The government is targeting an additional electrical power supply of 10,000 megawatts to cover national needs. The current supply of 50,000 megawatts is considered insufficient for the needs of the general public and industrial sectors. The additional power supply will be built gradually, said President Yudhoyono when signing a cooperation agreement for the construction of four steam-powered electricity generating plants in Kutai Kartanegara, today (7/7).
The President said that the insufficient power supply resulted in electrical blackouts in various regions in Kalimantan and Sumatra. Director of the State Electricity Company (PLN), Fahmi Muchtar, confirmed the power deficit. He said that all of Kalimantan and North Sumatra were of high concern for PLN. The energy crisis is the worst there. They need additional power supplies as soon as possible, said Fahmi.