REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- PT PLN (Persero) and PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk signed a contract to build power transmission lines with a capacity of 500 kV along 395 km in Sumatra.
Acting Head of Corporate Communications of PLN, Bambang Dwiyanto, said as a contractor, Waskita would complete the construction of electricity transmission for three years.
"The project consists of two stages," Bambang said in a written statement, in Jakarta, Saturday (24/10).
The first stage was the construction of 500 kV transmission with four circuit towers that connect New Aur Duri, Jambi to Peranap, Riau along 235 kilometers. The value of contact of the first stage was Rp 3.88 trillion.
Meanwhile, the second stage was two circuit towers from Peranap to Perawang, Riau along 160 km. The contract value of the second stage was Rp 2.83 trillion.
The signing of the contract of transmission project was done by Regional Business Director of PLN Sumatra, Amir Rosidin, and Director of Waskita Karya, Desi Arryani, in PLN headquarters, Jakarta, on Friday (23/10).
According to Bambang, the contract was the first signing of 500 kV transmission project in Sumatra. Total length of 500 kV transmission of Sumatra reached 1,400 km from Muara Enim South Sumatra, to Langsa Aceh.
He said, 500 kV transmission was the main support of electricity distribution from southern Sumatra to the north. So that it could maintain stability of electricity distribution throughout the island.
Sumatra 500 kV transmission would be connected to the submarine cable in between South Sumatra and West Java. There was also a plan of transfer of electrical energy to and from Malaysia.