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]

According to PowerChina both units had been commissioned as of December 31, 2019.[6] In March 2020 the project's sponsor declared force majeure and stated that plant operations would be impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]


In July 2017, a financing agreement was closed for the 200-MW project. US$270 million in loans will be provided by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Exim Bank. The financial advisor for the project is DBS Bank. US$90 million in equity is being provided by PowerChina and Intraco Penta Group.[8]


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.[9] In August 2018, dozens of residents of Bengkulu City held a demonstration in opposition to the plant.[10] In February 2020, fishermen and civil society organizations floated a 20m x 12m banner in the bay near the site of the plant as President Joko Widodo visited Bengkulu.[11]

Bengkulu residents unfurled banners protesting about coal-fired power plants along with Jokowi's arrival to the province., Feb. 5, 2020.[10]

In August 2021 an analysis of the plant's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) found that the plan to build the plant violated two regional planning regulations.[12]

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: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 200 MW (Units 1-2: 100 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date: 2019[6]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: US$270 million in debt from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Exim Bank; US$90 million in equity from PowerChina and Intraco Penta Group[8]

Articles and resources


  1. "Executive Summary: Electricity Supply Business Plan PT PLN (Persero) 2015-2024"
  2. "China-invested power plant starts construction in Indonesia to resolve electricity shortage," Xinhua News, Asia and Pacific Edition, 25 October 2016
  3. China Power realizes financial close for Bengkulu project China Daily, July 10, 2017
  4. Rencana Usaha Penyediaan Tenaga Listrik (RUPTL) 2018-2027, PT PLN Persero, V-39
  5. PLTU Ini Bakal Pasok Listrik Bengkulu Selama 25 Tahun Mulai Awal 2020 Viva News, Dec. 2, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 Indonesia Bengkulu Power Station successfully realizes grid-connected power generation of Unit 2, PowerChina, Jan. 3, 2020
  7. Jadwal operasional pembangkit terganggu wabah corona, ini tanggapan PLN, Kontan, Mar. 8, 2020
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Preview of Bengkulu Coal-Fired Power Plant (200MW) | Transaction | IJGlobal". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  9. Petani Teluk Sepang persoalkan proyek PLTU batu bara, Antara Bengkulu, May 30, 2018
  10. 10.0 10.1 Warga Demo Tuntut Proyek PLTU Batubara Ditutup, Pedoman Bengkulu, Aug. 16, 2018
  11. Warga Bentangkan Spanduk Protes PLTU Saat Jokowi ke Bengkulu, CNN Indonesia, Feb. 5, 2020
  12. Akademisi menilai dokumen Amdal PLTU Bengkulu cacat hukum, Antara News, Aug. 22, 2021

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