Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – Batam Concession Agency (BP Batam), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Finance and Development Monitoring Agency (BPKP) and PLN Batam have inspected two reservoirs in Batam to assess the safety of electric power.
The visit was carried out to obtain information, such as the adequacy of electricity supply and network, the rate of electrification and the plan for the development of electricity from renewable energies at the Batam solar power plant. .
“Regarding electricity adequacy and demand in Batam, we can see from the plan of PLN Batam that there will be additional capacity and transfer of substations in Batam. The long term plan is the Sumatra-Batam interconnection, and if this investment were to be made, then there will be an additional 2,000 to 3,000 MW, and that is very huge,” noted Irfan Syakir Widyasa, director of the Center for Development of Free Trade and Free Ports and BP Batam Special Economic Zone, in a statement Saturday.
Widyasa said the solar power plant will be developed on a large scale and has been included in a national strategic project, with expectations of at least 40 MW in Tembesi reservoir and 720 MW in Duriangkang reservoir in this first. phase.
“In the future, it is expected that many major developments will be carried out to meet the needs of Batam, for which this electrical support is necessary, such as the development of Rempang according to the master plan, for which the need could reach 2,000 MW. Then Nongsa data center If 11 data centers have been done, it will require 500MW,” he said.
On the same occasion, the expert auditor of the Financial Monitoring and Development Agency, Reinaldy Agung, said that this examination followed a restricted meeting to discuss measures to anticipate the food and energy crisis, led by President Joko Widodo, June 20. , 2022.
“The current global situation is uncertain, leading to a continued rise in global commodity prices. Regarding the availability aspect, especially that of energy sources, Batam is very dependent on gas. If we look at it from a reserves perspective, in fact, it won’t even take 20 years for our gas to run out. Hence, in fact, the transformation towards the use of new and renewable energies has become a necessity”, he underlined.
He also expressed his belief that electricity needs would increase in line with population growth.
“Thus, immediate anticipatory measures must be taken, so that it is not too late to meet the growing needs,” he warned.
Electricity analyst at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Firdaus Pioneertha Ibo, said his administration also focused on electrification rate and average system outage time index and the average system outage frequency index, under which approximately 20 islands had not yet been equipped. electricity network of Batam, in particular, and of the Riau Islands, in general.
“In the future, both from the policy of de-dieselisation, conversion of diesel power plant to solar power plant and/or also marine handles hopefully this can also encourage an increase in the rate of electrification,” he concluded.
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