PLN to build hydropower plant in Wamena

State electricity firm PT PLN has disclosed a plan to build a 50 megawatt hydropower plant (PLTA) in Wamena, Papua.

“Wamena is an ideal location for a PLTA. The city of Wamena is very big. On that basis, PLN will build PLTA Baliem 2,” PLN managing director Dahlan Iskan said on Tuesday evening (16/8).

Dahlan said the construction would start next year and was expected to be completed in five or six years.

He added that the project would cost Rp 3 trillion (US$351 million) in total, and that PLN would first use internal funds to finance the project before seeking third-party support.

Dahlan said PLN was planning to build another hydropower plant with the same capacity in Wamena after the completion of the first project.

Source: the Jakarta Post

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