PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has added new renewable energy (EBT)-based power plants in West Sumatra, by supporting the construction of the Batanghari Micro Hydro Power Plant (PLTMh). This step is to support the government’s efforts to achieve the carbon neutral target by 2060. General Manager of PLN’s West Sumatra Regional Main Unit (UIW) Toni Wahyu Wibowo said that nearly 52 percent of the electricity consumed by the people of the West Sumatra region came from EBT-based power plants.
Meanwhile, the clean plants consist of three hydroelectric power plants (PLTA) with a total capacity of 252.91 MW, 1 unit of geothermal power plant (PLTP), 2 units of gas power plant (PLTG), and dozens of PLTM. “These EBT plants supply electricity to the majority of PLN UIW West Sumatra customers and are also connected to the Sumatra interconnection network,” said Toni in a press release, Monday (1/8/2022).
The construction of the Batanghari PLTMh in the Dharmasraya area, precisely on the Batanghari River, has been started since June 10, 2022 by PT Brantas Total Energi. “On June 11, 2021, PT Brantas signed an agreement with PLN. Finally, after one year, to be precise on June 10, 2022, this PT has completed the prerequisites to be able to start construction.
The agreement to fulfill these prerequisites was stated by the signing of the Financing Date Certificate, between PT Brantas Total Energi and PLN UIW West Sumatra, last Friday (15/7/2022). Present representing the President Director of PT Brantas Total Energi, Syaiful Arif and Toni Wahyu Wibowo as PLN representatives.
Also present at the signing of the Certificate of Financing Date was the Director of Finance, HR, and Risk Management of PT Brantas Tumpang Muhammad, Finance Manager of PT Brantas Total Energi Fajareza, and several other management levels of PT Brantas Total Energi. Toni said the signing of the Certificate of Financing Date is an official letter stating that the prerequisites for the Batanghari PLTMh have been met and are ready to start construction.
”We PLN, especially PLN UIW West Sumatra enthusiastically welcome this good news. Hopefully, the construction of the Batanghari PLTMh will run smoothly, it will be able to stand on target, so that it will immediately add a green graph of EBT plants in the West Sumatran environment,” he said. President Director of PT Brantas Total Energi, Syaiful Arif said his company wanted to contribute to increasing the production and use of clean energy in Indonesia. He also appreciated PLN for providing the opportunity to realize this. “PT Brantas will seek the PLTMh Batanghari to be immediately established and promote the use of EBT in the Minang realm.