Indonesian utility to phase out coal-fired power plants
JAKARTA, May 27 (Reuters) – Indonesia, the leading exporter of thermal coal, is considering phasing out coal-fired power plants as part of a gradual move towards carbon neutrality, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) said. Thursday.
This is part of PLN’s ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, its senior vice president Darmawan Prasodjo said in a televised hearing in parliament.
The Indonesian government aims for 23% of energy to come from renewable sources by 2025, up from around 11% last year, but progress on renewable projects has been slow.
“We are building a timetable for phasing out coal-fired power plants,” Darmawan said.
The first phase of this will see the closure of three coal-fired power plants by 2030 with a combined capacity of 1.1 gigawatts.
These are the Muara Karang power station in the capital Jakarta, the Tambak Lorok power station in Semarang, the largest city in central Java, and a gas and coal power station in Gresik, a regency of East Java.
In 2035, PLN intends to retire its conventional power plants with a total capacity of 9 gigawatts, Darmawan said.
By 2040, “supercritical” coal-fired power plants, or those using less polluting technology, with a total capacity of 10 gigawatts, will be closed.
The final phase of the coal phase-out will see its “ultra-supercritical” coal-fired power plants shut down by 2056.
“Then we will achieve carbon neutrality in 2060,” said Darmawan.
The fourth most populous country in the world has a potential capacity of over 400 gigawatts for sources such as hydropower, solar and geothermal energy, but only about 2.5% had been used in 2020, according to government data. .
Despite the pressure for greener energy use, President Joko Widodo last year urged ministers to speed up plans to build power plants to improve the country’s downstream coal sector. (Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Written by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Martin Petty)