Tuesday, July 16, 2024

PLN’s captive power acquisition program for PT SMART in Kotabaru

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Gusty da Costa




State utility company PT PLN has since July 2, 2024, provided 18.58 Megavolt Ampere (MVA) of electricity to agribusiness company PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources And Technology (SMART) in Kotabaru regency, South Kalimantan, through captive power acquisition program.

“PT SMART’s factory in Tarjun, Kotabary regency can finally enjoy electricity supply from PLN. We believe that by using PLN electricity, our company will be more efficient and our production will also continue to increase,” General Manager of PT SMART, Friso Adinata, said in a statement as quoted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

By switching from its own generation to PLN, PT SMART is now the largest medium voltage customer in South and Central Kalimantan regions.

PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo said that PLN continues to intensify the captive power acquisition program to facilitate companies in running their businesses with reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly electricity. This is part of PLN’s effort to support the competitiveness of the industrial sector in the country while reducing emissions to support the target towards Net Zero Emissions by 2060.

“Through this captive power acquisition program, PLN is ready to support PT SMART with quality electricity services so that it can support its plantation activities and increase its palm oil production,” Darmawan said.

The 18.58 MVA electricity supply to PT SMART is the second phase of such supply to the company after the first phase of captive power acquisition program carried out in December 2023 with an installed power of 1.1 MVA.

General Manager of PLN’s South and Central Kalimantan Distribution Unit, Muhammad Joharifin, said PLN will increase the supply capacity to 20 MVA after the construction of the 150 kilo Volt (kV) High Voltage Line (SUTT) from Tarjun, South Kalimantan to Grogot, East Kalimantan is completed.

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