The province of Bali is expected to begin the development of a 400-MW thermal power plant (PLTU) around Celukan Bawang port, Buleleng district, in an effort to anticipate a power crisis in the island, Asia Pulse reported.
"The thermal power plant is expected to commence operation in stages in 2008," public relations coordinator of state-owned electricity company PLN, Hendra Saleh, said on Thursday (10/5/07).
The power plant was expected to meet the need for electricity supply of Bali for five to 10 years to come. The plant will use coal so that its operational cost would be lower than other plants in Bali which used diesel oil, he said.
So far Bali has been supplied with 580 MW of power supplies, consisting of 200 MW from Java, 130 MW from Gilimanuk power generators, 120 MW from the Pesanggaran diesel power plant and 80 MW from the Pemaron gas-fired plant.