By Muhamad Al Azhari
State construction company Wijaya Karya has completed a Rp 500 billion ($57 million) diesel-fired power plant in Denpasar, Bali, with a total capacity of 50 megawatts.
The state firm, known as Wika, plans to sell its electricity to Indonesia Power, a unit of state utility provider Perusahaan Listrik Negara, it said in a statement on Sunday.
It will sell the electricity at Rp 446.14 per kilowatt hour.
Wika corporate secretary Natal Argawan said the plantâ€™s completion marked the companyâ€™s first independent power-producing project. It has three diesel-powered plants on Bali, and it is also working on a $100 million project to build a 40 MW geothermal power plant in Sumedang, West Java, through its subsidiary, Wijaya Karya Jabar Power.
â€śWe invested for the first time in diesel-fired power plants in Bali in a bid to support PLN and the government in supplying the electricity to Bali,â€ť Wika president director Bintang Perbowo said in the statement.
Wika, which provided the projectâ€™s financing, conducted the engineering procurement and construction work, will transfer the plantâ€™s operations to Indonesia Power in its ninth year under the build, operate and transfer scheme, it said.