Minister Suggests MRT, KRL to Have Their Own Power Plants



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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi suggested that strategic transportation system such as the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit Trains) and KRL (Commuter Line Trains) should have its own power plants following a major blackout in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten, which occurred since Sunday afternoon until midnight.

    “I have recommended that the MRT and KRL to have power plants since long ago to cover their daily needs for electricity aside from Java-Bali network,” said Minister Budi Karya in the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs office, Monday, August 5.

    The minister mentioned Soekarno-Hatta International Airport as an example.

    Moreover, the electricity needs of MRT, which presently amounted to 60 megawatts and will likely increase to 130 megawatts after the completion of the second phase construction project, must be taken into consideration.

    In addition, the corporate could earn additional income from having a power plant. The similar suggestion also delivered for KRL and LRT.

    Presently, Minister Budi said that the concept of the autonomous power plant would still be a priority project for transportation in the capital and its supporting cities. “At least, it will require 250 megawatts.”

    As for the project budget, corporations could use their capital or make an offer to a third party, Budi added. 

    Other than building a power plant, Minister Budi went on, PLN could provide special electricity supply to each transportation system besides from Java-Bali network.