REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BULELENG -- A new coal fired power plant with a capacity of 3x142 megawatts in Celukan Bawang has come on stream.
"With the operation of the Celukan Bawang power plant we have a total capacity of 1,300 MW at present," I Ketut Wija, assistant II of the provincial administration , said here on Tuesday.
Before the operation of the new power plant, Bali has power plants with total capacity of 850 MW as against consumption of 781 MW.
The operation of the Celukan Bawang plant has increased the surplus is power supply.
However, the surplus may not last for the next ten years with the fast growing requirement, Ketut said.
"We would need additional capacity of 3,000 ME in the next ten years to keep pace with development in Bali," he said.
Power consumption grows fast in the tourist island, therefore, additional supply is always needed from year to year, he said.
"Therefore, Bali still invited investors to venture in the power generating sector," he added.
Ketut said Bali wants to maintain self sufficiency in energy and if possible having surplus to be supplied to other regions.
The commissioning ceremony of the power plant was attended by the president of PT China Huadian Engineering Li Qingkui and Chinese economic attache, Minister Counsellor at the Chinese embassy Wang Liping.
The power plant has been built with an investment of US$700 million by PT China Huadian Engineering, PT Merryline International, and PT General Energy Indonesia.