TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government has officially launched a pilot project of waste-to-energy facility project (PLTSa) Merah Putih in the Bantargebang landfill, Bekasi city, West Java, today, March 25. The power plant will process 100 tons of waste on a daily basis and will produce electricity up to 700 kilowatts per hour (kWh).
“We have actually started this project since December 2017. And the President is displeased since this waste problem has yet resolved,” said Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, on Monday, March 25, in the power plants inauguration ceremony in TPST Bantargebang.
According to Luhut, the PLTSa project that is developed from the research of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) will be a pilot project and will be constructed in other 12 regions. Certain technology is used to prevent environmental pollution caused by smokes, that will be under the allowable limit of gas emission set by the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK).
The BPPT head Hammam Riza said that the power plants project was expected as a national example to dealing with piles of waste in big cities. “We have to know this requires technology to process mixed garbages in Indonesia because it contains organic waste with high humidity and low calorie. So BPPT utilizes thermal technology,” he added.
Hammam reiterated that the pilot project will also set as a research facility concerning waste management in using thermal technology in a bid to develop its tools with a high local component, to learn a precise operational system, and to calculate the tipping fee, operational and other costs.
According to him, the construction of the pilot project of PLTSa in Bantargebang landfill will complete within a year. At present, the project is still in commissioning condition or in other words, it needs several components or development in the process.