PLN’s coal shortfall could lead to blackouts in Java and Bali
The electricity supply to 10 million of the Public Electricity Company (PLN) customers, both general public and industry in Java, Madura and Bali, and other regions, is under threat.
The director general of minerals and coal at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ridwan Djamaluddin, said this was due to the low fulfillment of the domestic market obligation (DMO) of the coal contractors.
He added that the lack of extraction led to a shortage of coal supply to PLN’s power plants at the end of last year. According to him, the safe supply of coal to the PLTU PLN is more than 20 days of operation.
“Of the 5.1 million metric tonnes (MT) allocated by the government, until January 1, 2022, only 35,000 MT or less than one percent have been achieved. This amount cannot cover the needs of each existing PLTU (steam power plant).
If action is not taken immediately, there will be a power cutsSaid Djamaluddin, quoted on the website of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Saturday January 1, 2022.
To alleviate this problem, the government has decided to prohibit holders of mining permits (IUP) or special mining permits (IUPK) from exporting coal. The ban will be in effect from January 1 to 31.
“Why are they all banned from exporting?
They are forced and it is temporary. If the export ban is not enforced, nearly 20 steam power plants (PLTU) with a capacity of around 10,850 megawatts (MW) will be shut down. This can disrupt the stability of the national economy. The generators need to be refilled and when this returns to normal they can be exported. We will assess it after January 5, ”he said.
The government, Djamaluddin continued, has repeatedly reminded charcoal contractors to continue to meet their commitments by supplying black gold to PLN.