PLN cancels construction of 13 GW of new power coal-powered plant

Jakarta – PT PLN (Persero) has cancelled plans to build steam power plants (PLTU) with a total capacity of 13 Giga Watts (GW), which means PLN is preventing greenhouse gas emissions from increasing by around 1.8 billion tonnes of CO2 over 25 years, the company director said.

PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo revealed that coal-fired power plants have been blamed for the deteriorating air quality in Jakarta and its surroundings in recent weeks. PLN continues to evaluate power plant procurement planning to minimise the presence of new coal-fired power plants.

“We have taken 13 Giga Watts of coal-fired power plants out of the planning phase,” he said, in an official statement, 14 September.

In addition, Prasodjo said, PLN also cancelled the coal contract of a 1.3 GW power plant estimated to produce greenhouse gas emissions of more than 150 million tonnes of CO2 over 25 years.

Meanwhile, PLN is increasing the portion and planning of green energy generation in the General Plan for Electricity Supply (RUPTL). PLN is targeting an additional 32 GW of new renewable energy (NRE) as based load that will enter the PLN electricity system.

“In the history of PLN’s RUPTL, 51.6% of the additional energy capacity is based on new renewable energy,” he said. (Hartatik)

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