BPPT to Make Scientific Input in Jakarta Waste Incinerator Program


JUNE 28, 2016

Jakarta. In an effort to solve mounting waste management issues in the city, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, or BPPT, will provide scientific input related to incinerator technology for use in the Jakarta administration's waste power plant program.

The offer is part of an agreement between BPPT and city-owned Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), which was appointed by the provincial government to kick start the waste management program.

BPPT head Unggul Priyanto believes the cooperation will lend critical momentum to the push for the construction of a waste power plant in the city.

"We have decided to use thermal technology to combat the garbage problem and generate electricity at the same time, but most importantly, to get rid of the garbage," Unggul said in Jakarta on Tuesday (28/06).

Due to an alarming increase in the amount garbage produced by Indonesia's major cities, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has issued a regulation to help accelerate the development of waste power plants in Jakarta, Tangerang (Banten), Bandung (West Java), Semarang (Central Java), Solo (Central Java), Surabaya (East Java) and Makassar (South Sulawesi).

BPPT Environmental Technology director Rudi Nugroho said the agency will assist Jakpro to assess proposals by investors as they bid for the waste power plant construction.

"We will evaluate all proposals and feasibility studies, as it will be evaluated based on their scientific research and technological experience in waste power plant manufacturing," Rudi said.

Jakarta produces about 7,000 tons of garbage daily and it will have to make massive efforts to avoid a fast-approaching waste emergency.

"Jakarta is already facing a garbage and waste emergency, so we want to make sure that we employ the right technology," Jakarta Propertindo president director Satya Heragandhi said.

He added that the city's waste power plant will cost an estimated Rp 1.7 trillion ($129 million) and have a capacity to generate up to 20 megawatts of electricity.