TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The coal-fired power plant PLTU Paiton located in Probolinggo, East Java, has reportedly been invaded by swarms of jellyfish since Saturday, April 25. This incident marks the second time it has happened at the location after the 2016 incident.
The power plant’s PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) General Manager, Mustofa Abdillah, said in a statement on Wednesday, April 29, that the management has taken special steps to maintain the electricity production. He claimed the 800-megawatt plant is unhampered by the jellyfish invasion.
“Reflecting on the same incident in 2016, this time we were able to be more prepared. The methods that we adopted are proven to be a success,” said Mustofa.
PLTU Paiton management used a method that is claimed to be environmentally-friendly but is able to keep the jellyfishes away from the plant’s generators which takes the form of safety nets installed at the plant’s crucial locations such as its intake canals, pumps, and the main power plant.
He also said that local fishermen have been mobilized to herd the jellyfishes away from the vicinity of the power plant using specific fishing nets.
Executive Vice President Corporate Communication dan CSR PLN, I Made Suprateka, explained that the jellyfish invasion is a common phenomenon that happens as the weather undergoes significant changes.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA