Jakarta. State utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, has begun commercial operations of the Jawa-2 power plant in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, by firing up the plant's second gas turbine that doubles its capacity to 600 megawatt.
The power plant is a crucial backup for the Java-Bali power grid, especially for supplying the capital city during the 2018 Asian Games from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) lent PLN $310 million for the project in 2016, and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems was responsible for the turbine development and construction.
"The Jawa-2 power plant is ready to provide additional energy," PLN West Java business director Haryanto WS said on July 27.
Jawa-2 is the largest gas-fired power plant in the country and was designed to make use of Indonesia's ample gas supplies and cut its reliance on oil for power generation. The plant gets its gas from the Nusantara Regas floating storage regasification unit in nearby Muara Karang.
PLN plans to add 200 megawatts from a steam turbine, which uses recovered exhaust heat from the plant's gas turbines, by the end of the year.
According to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Jawa-2's first 300-megawatt gas turbine was completed in June, ahead of schedule.