The Pluit polder in North Jakarta, seen on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Basuki, PLN Agree to Build Separate Power Supply for Pluit Pumps


FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Jakarta. To help prevent future flooding, the Jakarta administration and electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara have agreed to build a new facility to power water pumps at the Pluit dam in the north of the capital.

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and PLN Jakarta general manager Haryanto W.S. met on Thursday to discuss preventive measures after the city center flooded on Monday — which Basuki blamed on PLN cutting the electricity supply to pumps at the Pluit dam.

“PLN has agreed to build a separate power supply,” Basuki said on Thursday.

With a new power supply, separated from those used for residential areas, PLN will be able to avoid future blackouts at the dam, the governor said.

“PLN also told us that the [backup] generator set that we had at the Pluit dam is actually powerful enough [to support all 12 pumps] but we just had the setting wrong,” he added.

The pumps at the Pluit dam are meant to control water levels in the central part of Jakarta by channeling floodwater out to sea.

The new power supply will take around three months to complete and thus will only be ready for use during the next rainy season.