Coal-fired power stations in Indonesia agreed to buy 63 million metric tons of the fuel this year, about 10 percent more than forecast consumption to minimize outages, according to the state electricity firm.
Indonesia will need an estimated 57.3 million tons of coal in the country’s power plants this year, said Helmi Najamuddin, head of the coal division at Jakarta-based PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, in an interview yesterday.
“Our contracts must be higher than demand to avoid any possible supply disruption,” Najamuddin said at the Coaltrans Asia conference in Bali, Indonesia. About 23 companies will supply the fuel to Listrik Negara and independent producers.
Listrik Negara and independent producers may need more than 100 million tons of coal after 2017, almost double this year’s estimated figure, Najamuddin said June 4.
Indonesia is adding 10,000 megawatts of electricity generation to support its economic growth, with 60 percent of the capacity starting by the end of this year, Najamuddin said. Listrik Negara controls 28,302 megawatts of installed generating capacity, or 85 percent’s of the country’s total, according to data from the company.
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