Bengkulu power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bengkulu power station is a proposed 200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired station in South Sumatra Province, Indonesia.


The image below shows the location of the plant in Bengkulu City, South Sumatra Province.

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Background on Plant

In the 2015-2024 PLN long-range supply plan, Bengkulu power station is proposed for 2019.[1]

In the second quarter of 2015 China's state-owned Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) won the project in an international competitive bidding and secured the power purchase agreement (PPA) with PLN in November 2015. The US$360 million plant is under a contract of 25-year Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) model. It is owned by PowerTenaga Listrik Bengkulu (TLB), a joint venture between PowerChina (70%) and PT Intraco Penta (30%). In October 2016, the project began construction.[2]

Financial close was reached in June 2017, with the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the Export-Import Bank of China providing financial services for the project. Construction of the plant is reportedly in "full swing", and it is planned for commissioning in 2020.[3] The 2018-2027 long-range plan gives a completion date of 2019 for Unit 1 and 2020 for Unit 2.[4] In December 2019 it was reported that the plant would be commissioned in Q1 2020.[5]

Test operations were conducted and commissioning was scheduled for February 2020 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] In March 2020 the project's sponsor declared force majeure and stated that development would be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] Commissioning is scheduled for August 2020.[6]


In May 2018 a number of farmers in Bengkulu city expressed opposition to the plant because its construction was damming a stream and causing their land to flood.[8] In August 2018 dozens of residents of Bengkulu City held a demonstration in opposition to the plant.[9]

Protest against the proposed Bengkkulu plant expansion, Aug. 15, 2018.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Tenaga Listrik Bengkulu
  • Parent company: PT. Intraco Penta (30%), PowerChina (70%)
  • Location: Port of Baai Island, Bengkulu City, Regency, South Sumatra
  • Coordinates: -3.9123478, 102.270375 (exact)
  • Status: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: 200 MW (Units 1-2: 100 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date: 2020
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  • Source of financing: ICBC and the Export-Import Bank of China (US270 million)[10]

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