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PLN Indonesia Power, China Energy collaborate on green energy development in Sulawesi

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PT PLN, through its sub-holding PLN Indonesia Power, recently signed a Joint Development Study Agreement (JDSA) with China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd (CEEC) on the development of a comprehensive green energy project in Sulawesi.

PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo said PLN would continue to establish synergies with national and global partners to accelerate massive utilization of new renewable energy (EBT). The commitment is in line with government’s agenda to achieve Net Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2060 or sooner.

“The signing of this cooperation is an important moment considering that in the near future the government and PLN will release a new National Electricity Business Plan (RUKN). There will be regulations related to the construction of large-scale renewable energy plants and green transmission lines that interconnect islands in the country,” Darmawan told the PLN-CEEC High-Level Business Meeting in Jakarta on March 21, 2024.

He said further that in the latest RUKN design, it was determined that Indonesia’s EBT ecosystem would be supported by 32 Gigawatts (GW) of hydro and geothermal-based plants and 28 GW of solar and wind-based plants. The development of green transmission lines will play a crucial role in channelling green electricity between islands.

“There is a mismatch between the location of hydro and geothermal sources and load centers. For that, we need to connect Sumatra with Java, Kalimantan with Java, East Nusa Tenggara with Java, Kalimantan with Sulawesi, in which there will be a major project of designing and developing green transmission lines,” Darmawan said.

Board Chairman of CEEC Group, Song Hailiang said the company is ready to support the Indonesian government in achieving NZE in 2060 or sooner. In this case, CEEC is optimistic because it has a long history of EBT development cooperation with PLN. 

“Indonesia is an important Chinese partner in jointly developing and contributing to the 2060 NZE target in Indonesia,” Song said.

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