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13 May 2010

Indonesian state firm to call tender for 5-million-ton coal supplies

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State power utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) plans to call a tender for the supply of five million tons of coal per year to its thermal power plants (PLTUs) under five-year contracts, reported national news agency Antara.

"The coal will be used to meet demand from 14 PLTUs starting this year," PLN Primary Energy Director Nur Pamudji said Wednesday.

Twelve of the 14 PLTUs were part of the government`s program to accelerate the development of power plants with a combined capacity of 10,000 MW, he said.

He said the 12 PLTUs were PLTU Labuan in Banten with 2x300 MW, PLTU Rembang in Central Java with 2x350 MW, PLTU Suralaya in Banten with 1x625 MW, PLTU Ropa in Ende, East Nusa Tenggara, with 2x8,2 MW, PLTU Indramayu in West Java with 3x330 MW, and PLTU Paiton in East Java with 1x660 MW.

The other were PLTU Jeranjang in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, with 1x25 MW, PLTU Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi with 2x10.4 MW, PLTU Amurang in Manado, North Sulawesi, with 2x25MW, PLTU Teluk Naga in Banten with 3x315 MW, PLTU Pacitan in East Java with 2x315,and PLTU Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, with 3x350 MW.

The other two PLTUs were not included in the program on the accelerated development of 10,000 MW-capacity power plants. They were PLTU Labuan Angin with 2x115 MW and PLTU Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, with 4x6 MW, he said.

He said the tender would be based on a post-qualification mechanism in which prospective suppliers would first make bids and later undergo qualification process including due diligence in the mining site.

The coal needed by the PLTUs was low rank coal (LRC) with minimum specifications of 4,250, 4,000, and 3,900 kkal per kg, he said.

He said the tender was announced on Wednesday with registration on May 14-25. Tender documents would be available from May 25 to June 1.


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