Thursday, August 2, 2012

1) Dahlan: Papua Cement Plant Powered By Baliem Hydropower Plant

1) Dahlan: Papua Cement Plant Powered By Baliem Hydropower Plant
2) PLN Builds Largest Hydroelectric Plant in Papua
1) Dahlan: Papua Cement Plant Powered By Baliem Hydropower Plant
Thursday, 02 August, 2012 | 12:18 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveWamena:Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Dahlan Iskan said Indonesia’s largest cement producer Semen Gresik’s plan to invest in a cement factory in the Jayawijaya Mountains in Papua will be supported by the construction of a hydropower plant (PLTA) in Baliem.

"I asked and they welcomed it," said Dahlan in Jayawijaya, Papua, Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

According to Dahlan, the construction of the hydropower plant will facilitate the cement plant operations in Papua, especially the Jayawijaya Mountains. "So much of the power can be used in the future," said Dahlan.

Jayawijaya Mountains have a high lime content making such an opportunity wide open. "I can’t promise (a factory will certainly be built), but I'll try," said Dahlan. The construction of the cement plant will add value to the Baliem hydropower project.

Dahlan has also asked the local governments to identify the location of clay, an important raw material for cement, in the Jayawijaya Mountains. "Usually, it’s found in an area with ​​high chalk content. So I’ve asked the local authorities to find the locations," he said.

A research team from Semen Gresik will soon be sent to Papua to explore the possibilities of building the plant. "If there’s electricity, the rest (plant construction) will follow," Dahlan said.

The arrival of Semen Gresik will be very positive for the economy of Papua, making it unnecessary for it to bring in cement from other islands at a relatively high price. "So, the cement is guaranteed to be in high demand," he said.

The presence of a cement plant in Papua would attract the interest of the Papuan people. "Nobody would want to bring cement from outside if there’s factory here," said Dahlan.

In the meantime, PT PLN (Persero) will invest Rp4.6 trillion in a power plant with a capacity of 50 megawatts, taking advantage of the potential of the Baliem River, Papua Province. DIMAS SIREGAR

2) PLN Builds Largest Hydroelectric Plant in Papua
Thursday, 02 August, 2012 | 12:20 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveWamena:State electricity firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) began construction of a hydropower plant (PLTA) in Baliem, Wamena, Papua. According to PLN CEO Nur Pamudji, it will generate 50 megawatts of electricity. "We think the Baliem River has a tremendous potential to generate electricity," Pamudji said at the groundbreaking ceremony, Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

According to Pamudji, the power produced will be huge and can meet electricity needs in the Jayawijaya Mountains, bringing light to several regencies, such as Jayawijaya, Yahukimo and Kurima. "In fact, it may even light up all the regions surrounding Jayawijaya Mountains," he said.

Nur Pamudji refers to the construction of the PLTA as the early stages of electricity development in Papua. Construction must be done in stages: "It must be done gradually, it can’t be huge immediately."

Pamudji states the electricity potential from PLTA Baliem is big. "The potential can be expanded to 800 megawatts." He guarantees the people from the surrounding areas will benefit from it.

"A transformer will be installed specifically to supply power to the residential areas around the power plant," he said. This is done to prevent a recurrence of what happened in Asahan, North Sumatra, where the very people living near the PLTA did not get electricity supply.

PLN will also create a healthy home program for people whose land is acquired for hydropower development purposes. "We’ll build a healthy home suitable for electricity. If a honai house (typical house of indigenous Papuans) uses electricity, it’ll catch fire," he said.

Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Dahlan Iskan says that the PLTA is just the first of seven. "It can only happen in Baliem, because its potential is huge," said Dahlan.

According to Dahlan, the Baliem hydropower project is the largest that PLN has ever worked on in Papua. "This project is the biggest for PLN. In Jayapura, for example, it’s only 20 megawatts. Basically, this is PLN’s largest power project in Papua," he said.

The first thing to be built for the first stage, Dahlan says, is a road stretching 28 kilometers. Once it is completed, the project worth Rp4.6 trillion, physical construction of the power plant will start. "The target is by 2016 it is finished and being enjoyed by the people. The benefits will include not only electricity but also the road," said Dahlan. DIMAS SIREGAR

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