Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – A joint investigation team will declare the results of its preliminary investigation into Sunday’s major blackout that affected certain parts of Java Island, including Jakarta and West Java, next week, a police spokesman stated.
“The results of the preliminary investigation into the causal factors behind Sunday’s power outage will be announced to the public on next Thursday,” National Police Spokesman Brig. Gen Dedi Prasetyo stated here on Thursday (8/8/2019).
This team’s members had conducted a thorough probe into the factors causing the major blackout that disrupted Jakarta’s commuter line and MRT systems as well as the businesses of shopping malls and small and medium enterprises in various affected areas.
Within two weeks from now, they would reveal the comprehensive and final results of their investigation following the completion of ground checks at the electricity power plants in Ungaran, Central Java, West Java, and Jakarta, Prasetyo noted.
Formed by the National Police, this joint team was given two weeks to uncover the case. Its members comprise police investigators and experts representing related ministries and agencies as well as universities, he remarked.
Sunday’s major blackout that hit the areas of Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, and East Java has been nothing short of a nightmarish experience for scores of Indonesians and foreign travelers.
On that day, power outage disrupted the Indonesian capital city’s commuter line and MRT services, majorly hindering the people’s mobility.
This Sunday’s major blackout also affected the business activities of several small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that were not equipped with generators to supply electricity.
Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, spokesman of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party leader Prabowo Subianto, expressed concern over the impact of this major power outage on SMEs’ businesses.
“The SMEs, including ‘Begawan Kupie’, may have suffered significant losses as a result of this longer blackout. I believe that many other SMEs in Java also suffer losses,” he noted on his Twitter account.
State-owned electricity firm PT PLN (Persero) has extended its apology over Sunday’s major blackout. PLN claimed that it was caused by the trips on the Suralaya Turbine Gas from number 1 to 6, while its turbine gas number 7 was off.
Simultaneously, the Cilegon Gas Turbine Combined-Cycle (GTCC) Power Plant also experienced a trip or error. As a result, the power outage hit residents living in Jakarta’s greater areas.
The major blackout also hit those residing in West Java Province’s areas due to troubles experienced in the 500 kV Ultrahigh Voltage Transmission. The affected areas comprise Bandung, Bekasi, Cianjur, Cimahi, Cirebon, Garut, Karawang, Purwakarta, Majalaya, Sumedang, Tasikmalaya, Depok, Gunung Putri, Sukabumi, and Bogor. (apd)
PRODICTION NOT AFFECTED BY BALIKPAPAN REFINERY FIRE : PERTAMINA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – State oil and gas company PT Pertamina is operating normally despite a fire at its Refinery Unit V (RU V) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province, on Thursday morning.
“It was a minor fire, so it did not affect Pertamina’s production,” Djoko Suswanto, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, said here on Thursday.
He said Pertamina had managed to control the fire that had engulfed one of the pipes at RU V, and that he had asked the company to investigate its cause.
Earlier, Pertamina spokesperson Heppy Wulansari had said the fire was localized and its main line was extinguished, but the cause of the accident would be known after the internal investigators finish their work.
Sparks were first detected around 9.30 a.m. local time, and Pertamina firefighters managed to handle the accident, she added.
There were no fatalities in the accident, Pertamina’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fajriyah Usman, told journalists here on Thursday (15/8/2019). (asn)
PLN TESTS SEVERAL CPO-FUELED GENERATORS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The State electricity company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has conducted tests using 100 percent crude palm oil (CPO) blend on several generators.
“We have conducted the tryout of the use of CPO blend on generators MAK#1 and MAK#2,” PT PLN Business Director for Kalimantan Region Machnizon Masri said at the Jakarta Convention Center Wednesday (14/8/2019).
The result showed that the combustion with CPO was not as good as compared to the use of 20 percent biodiesel blend or B20. In addition, the CPO-fueled generators also ran short of CPO supplies.
The tryout was conducted on diesel oil-fueled generators (PLTD) Kanan in Bontang, East Kalimantan province. PLN is currently preparing 167 tons of CPO for the running test of the CPO-fueled generators.
The use of vegetable fuel (BBN) and processed palm oil could save oil import budgets of up to US$500 million per year, Budi Santoso Syari, Processing Director of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina, said.
“Palm can produce 8.7 million tons of oil per year. The production from palm oil will be able to reduce the use of (fossil) fuel oil by up to 160 thousand barrels per day,” he said.
The 160 thousand barrels of oil per day is equal to $500 million, he added.
The area of oil palm plantations in the country has currently reached 14.3 million hectares. (asn)
ANGKASA PURA INVESTS RP658 BILLION TO EXPAND JUANDA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Sidoarjo, E Java – State airport operator, PT Angkasa Pura I, plans to invest Rp685 billion to finance the expansion of terminal 1 of the Juanda Surabaya Airport in East Java.
The expansion of the eastern side of terminal 1 is necessary to ensure the convenience of passengers, General Manager of Juanda Surabaya Airport, Heru Prasetyo, said in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Wednesday (14/8/2019).
“We apologize to passengers using the transportation services at Juanda Airport for the inconvenience caused while the construction work is underway,” he said.
With the expansion of terminal 1, the airport can increase its capacity to 13.6 million passengers from 6 million passengers per year.
“The expansion of terminal 1 and (the improvement of) the interior design and supporting facilities have started and will be completed in 14 months,” he said.
He said he would also ensure the orderly movement of passengers descending and boarding the plane.
“At this moment, passengers who are going to board the plane, do so from terminal 1 A and 1 B. In the future, they will be at terminal 1 A, and terminal 1 B will be only for passengers descending the plane,” he said.
Angkasa Pura 1 has named state-owned construction company, PT Waskita, as the winner of the project.
“We will work round the clock so the expansion project is completed soon,” he said.
The project also includes the expansion of the airport’s parking areas. (dra)
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