Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Indonesia  >>Energy  >> RI attacked over coal-fired plant project
NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  30 April  2015  

RI attacked over coal-fired plant project

Indonesia:Attended by hundreds of foreign investors, the Tropical Landscapes Summit in Jakarta was supposed to promote environmentally friendly infrastructure projects, but instead the Indonesian government was busy dodging attacks directed at its plan to build the biggest coal-fired electrical plant in Asia.

Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro claimed that the government effectively had no cheaper economic alternative than to build a 2,000-megawatt (MW) power plant in Batang, Central Java, to support economic growth and meet the country’s growing electricity needs.

“Of course, we had a good discussion yesterday with president Calder?n. I know he’s not too happy with the coal-powered plant,” Bambang said Monday, referring to former Mexico president Felipe Calder?n, who spoke before him and called on Indonesia to move away from fossil fuel-based infrastructure utilizing coal and oil.

“Unfortunately, this [coal] is an abundant energy source available in Indonesia and it is still relatively cheap in financial terms,” the finance minister said Tuesday in his keynote speech delivered at the summit.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set an ambitious target to build power plants with a combined capacity of 35,000 MW over five years, with his government currently working to invite more private sector investors into the country’s electricity industry.

But such an ambitious goal has also raised questions among environmental activists, who fear that the government might prioritize building cheap, environmentally unsustainable power plants to ensure the targets can be met.

Calder?n, who is also the chair of think-tank Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, noted that the costs for solar and wind energy had been declining on the last few years, suggesting the Indonesian government should capitalize on the trend.

“It is not true that fossil fuels, either oil or coal, will be cheap forever,” stated Calder?n. “Indonesia has an incredible capacity and the natural resources to go all the way to renewables.”

The US$4 billion coal-powered plant in Batang, which was developed by a joint consortium that includes Jakarta-listed PT Adaro Energy and Japanese investors J-Power Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. and Itochu Corp., was seen as one of the most controversial infrastructure projects in Indonesia, especially among environmental groups.

“We and our colleagues in Japan have been working actively to campaign against the development of the power plant in Batang, as long as the environmental issues are not yet settled,” Nyoman Iswarayoga, the advocacy director of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Indonesia, said on Tuesday.

“It is no secret that, among all energy sources available in the world, coal remains the dirtiest,” he stated.

The coal-fired power plant, however, was seen as the icon of the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) projects, with President Jokowi himself pledging to be directly involved in the project so that it would run smoothly.

The development of the Batang power plant itself has been hampered by land acquisition issues, as the 226-hectare project would be built on productive farms belonging to local people, many of whom refused to sell their land.

Nevertheless, government officials have claimed that the problem of acquiring the land from the locals has been settled and the construction of the Batang power plant is slated to begin as early as the end of this month.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories                           April  30 , 2015 Subsribe Now !
• Condolence Message from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers on the Earthquake that Struck Nepal, India and Bangladesh Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• RI attacked over coal-fired plant project
• Malaysian chemical company to tap Myanmar
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

• Textiles and Garments Industry
• Coffee industry
• Leather and footwear industry
• Shrimp industry

•The role of banks in environmental development
• Parliament speaker calls for minimum wage soonest
Asean Analysis                   May 1, 2015
• Asean Analysis May 1, 2015
The ASEAN Summit: Harbinger of Future Progress?
Advertise Your Brand

Asean Stock Watch  April  30,  2015
• Asean Stock Watch-April  30, 2015
The Biweekly Update
• The Biweekly Update May 1, 2015

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand