Indonesia's PLN to build 3rd unit of Asahan hydro power plant


Indonesian state-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN) plans to build the third unit of the Asahan hydro power plant to meet power demand in Sumatra.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Radjasa said PLN would build the power plant with a capacity of 2x87 megawatts itself. He said the project will cost an estimated US$420 million using soft loans from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

The loans will have a grace period of 40 years and carry an annual interest rate of 0.7 per cent, he said after a meeting at the vice presidential office here on Monday.

(Source: Business in Asia Today - Jan 20, 2010, accessed in