Indonesia’s power imports from Malaysia in 2020 touch 120MW

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia imported 100-120 megawatts of electricity from Malaysia last year to meet the needs of border areas in West Kalimantan province, said director general of electricity at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Rida Mulyana.

The import of electrical power was based on a bilateral cooperation agreement between Indonesia's state-owned electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and Malaysia’s Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation (SESCO), a subsidiary of Sarawak Energy Berhad, he said here on Wednesday.

“We have a cooperation agreement with Malaysia, particularly between Sarawak and West Kalimantan (for the supply of electrical power in border areas) under a G-to-G (government-to-government) scheme," he said. This cooperation deals with the sales and purchase or export and import of electrical power. In the early stage, it is our turn to import electricity power from Malaysia, Mulyana said.

The import of electrical power in 2020, which reached 100-120 MW, accounted for 0.54 percent of the national electricity consumption, he informed.

"We can imagine if we consume 100 MW, nearly 0.54 percent of it will be imported from the neighboring state," he said.

Once the construction of a power plant in West Kalimantan has been completed, Indonesia will export electrical power to Malaysia.

"When the time comes, we will reverse the situation, to export electrical power to Malaysia through the same networks,” he added.

Source: Antara News

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