ISD Hosts the Second Executive Briefing
Jakarta, 15 August 2016
Jakarta, August 15 2016. Development in national electricity sector has not been well distributed. In four provinces of Indonesia—Central Borneo, Southeast Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, and Papua—the ratio of electrification is currently under 70%. This problem has become the main concern in the Government’s program through the provision of 35,000 Megawatt (MW) of electricity.
“Improving the availability of electricity is on the top of the list. August 8 2016’s data indicates that from 23 of electricity supply locations owned by the PT PLN (Persero), there are only 7 locations with ‘Normal’ status. Meanwhile, 11 locations are in ‘Alert’ and 5 locations are in ‘Deficit’ status. In 2015, the ratio of national electrification was 88.3% and the Government is targeting 97.35% in 2019,” explained Jarman, Director General of Electricity, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Republic of Indonesia, in the Second Executive Briefing.
Worse thing to say, there are some of people in Indonesia having no access to electricity. Through the Program Indonesia Terang (Bright Indonesia Program), the Government aims to reduce disparity of electricity supply throughout Indonesia.
“After 71 years of independence, there are still 12,659 villages in Indonesia having no full access to electricity. On another hand, there are 2,519 villages are totally dark and having no access to electricity at all. This is the real thing we are facing,” added William Sabandar, Chief of the Accelerated Development of Renewable Energy Task Force, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Republic of Indonesia, in his presentation session.
Disparity in electricity supply does not only impact the household activities, but also development of some strategic sites such as port and airport. According to Sugihardjo, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transportation Republic of Indonesia, the Government is aimed to build 65 terminals for ferry ship and 100 noncommercial ports, redesign 65 current ports, and build 100 new airports in Indonesia. These numbers are extracted from the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015—2019.
In response to the current situation in electricity and physical infrastructure development, Yudi Prabangkara, Assistant Deputy for Mining and Energy Infrastructure, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs Republic of Indonesia, emphasizes that collaboration between the Government and private sector is a very powerful tool to accelerate national development in these sectors. Without conducive investment climate, it is impossible to create equality for all Indonesian for our national development is mostly concentrated in the Java Island.