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Roundup: Indonesia seeks investors to build Southeast Asia’s largest hydropower project


Accompanied by the sound of the Kayan River flowing by, workers were busy cutting iron and operating excavators to construct roads, drainage channels, and a dam for Southeast Asia’s largest hydropower project, which has a capacity of 9,000 megawatts, located in North Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Kayan River is one of the biggest rivers on the island of Kalimantan, which originates from Mount Ukeng and flows for more than 500 km before emptying into the Sulawesi Sea.

The owner of this Kayan Cascade hydropower project is PT Kayan Hydro Energy, a domestic company currently looking for investors to continue its big green energy mission, in line with the Indonesian government’s target of reaching 23 percent of the new renewable energy mix by 2025.“This is not only a national accomplishment as the largest hydropower plant in Southeast Asia, but also contributes to the worldwide reduction of the greenhouse effect. This represents Indonesia’s global contribution,” said President Director of PT Kayan Hydro Energy Andrew Suryali at an event on the project on Thursday.

Given its substantial capacity, the project is anticipated to play a significant role in supplying Indonesia with electricity and fostering sustainable economic development, Suryali said.

Having a total budget of 17.8 billion U.S. dollars, the project is planned to have five dams. Apart from generating electricity, the complex is projected to develop agriculture, plantations, forestry, irrigation and local tourism.

The first phase is currently under construction, with a capacity of 900 megawatts and is targeted for completion in 2029. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2035.

Executive of the Committee of PT Kayan Hydro Energy Steven Kho said Kalimantan would need a huge amount of electrical energy, as a green industrial area was being prepared and the country’s new capital, Nusantara, was being built. In July this year, President Joko Widodo plans to start his office in the new capital, and a number of civil servants will also be relocated from Jakarta to the archipelago.

“Our main consumer targets are industries and the new capital city. The rest is for exports,” said Kho.
Exploration with a number of partners from various countries is being carried out for the project.

“We are open to all partners, all investors, both domestic and foreign, as long as they agree on the quality characteristics of our concept which does not change the tropical forest ecosystem,”Kho added.

The construction of the first phase requires funds of around 3 to 4 billion U.S. dollars, according to Operations Director of PT Kayan Hydro Energy Sapta Nugraha. “The dam or Cascade 1 will take up 270 hectares of land and the remaining 2,000 hectares will be for the river area,” he said.Source: Xinhua


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