Fri, 07 May 2010

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Operator of a coal power plant in Central Sulawesi has threatened to cease its operation within four days if the State Electricity Company refused to respond to its demand for a higher selling price.

PT Pusaka Jaya Palu Power, operator of the Mpanau plant claimed on Thursday (6/5), it has suffered up to Rp85 billion losses in the last three years and is seeking to cover the losses through price hike by Rp149 per kilowatt hour.

Chief Director Wahyuni said the company in also in heavy debts of around Rp32 billion and was still able to operate up to the end of the week with the remaining coal stock.

Public Communication Head of the State Electricity Company in Palu, Petrus Walasary said he had not heard about the threat and there were no official notice from PT Pusaka Jaya Palu Power. He added that decisions to rise buying price is up to Jakarta.

Mayor of Palu, Rusdy Mastura, on Thursday said the regional authority could not prevented Pusaka Jaya Palu Power, which had filed request for a rise to regional authority before, to cease supply to the State Electricity Company.

But Rusdy said to work with Central Sulawesi Governor HB Paliudju to help Pusaka Jaya Palu Power win the demand as Palu relies 60 percent of electricity demand on supply from the company.