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GE aims to supply locomotives for Sumatra and Sulawesi
US-based General Electric (GE) aims to supply locomotives for railway services on Sumatra and Sulawesi islands.
The routes are still under development and targeted to be finished by 2019 for Sulawesi and 2021 for Sumatra. The government says the projects are not affected by the recent budget cut.
"We are still waiting for the tender, we will submit it immediately," GE Indonesia operations president director David Hutagalung told The Jakarta Post during a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between state-owned railway operator KAI and the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in Jakarta on Friday.
Between 2014 and 2016, GE supplied 150 new locomotives to KAI. In June, GE received a maintenance order for 50 KAI locomotives made by GE with the contract value of US$60 million.
"Our locomotive’s local content reached 24 percent, the bogie is made by state owned PT Barata Indonesia and assembled by PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka)," David said.
Other than GE, KAI also has options to source the locomotives from Inka. The state-owned company has produced CC300 locomotives since 2013.
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Indonesia to launch 13th economic package this month
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the government would release its 13th economic policy package in August, adding that the draft had been completed.
Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.