TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT PLN will build a hydro power plant (PLTA) in Jatigede in early 2015 at Tomo and Jatigede districts, Sumedang Regency, West Java. “PLTA Jatigede will start operation in 2018,” PLN spokesman Agus Trimukti said on Wednesday.
The PLTA will utilize Jatigede Reservoir built by the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry and spends Rp1.15 trillion. Jatigede Reservoir will be irrigated in July 2015. It is the second largest reservoir in Indonesia after Jatiluhur in Indonesia. The project forces 11,469 householders to move and uses land area of 4,983 hectares.
Agus explained that in the next 10 years, PLN, the government and private parties will build PLTA with total capacity of 6,300 megawatts. Since 2011, the government and PLTA have composed Master Plan Hydropower that recommends development of PLTA with total capacity of 12,900 megawatt until 2027.
Based on hydropower potential study, there are potential 75,000 megawatts of water power in Indonesia. After filtering process, there are 25,600 megawatts that can be developed. Currently, there are only around 4,000 megawatts or six percent of PLTA potential that have been utilized.