Cilacap Sumber power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Cilacap power station is a 2,260-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Central Java Province, Indonesia. An expansion project is known as Jawa-8.


The map below shows units 1 and 2 of Cilacap power station on the west, and unit 3 under construction to the east. The plant is in Karangkandri Village, Kesugihan District, Cilacap Regency, Central Java Province.

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Cilacap power station is a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 600 MW in Central Java Province. The plant began operating in 2006.[1] The Cilacap Sumber power station was the first large-scale Indonesian power plant completed since the country's 1997-98 financial crisis.[2]

The plant is owned by PT Sumber Segara Primadaya (S2P), which is owned by PT Sumberenergi Sakti Prima (SSP) (51%) and PT PLN subsidiary PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PJB) (49%). The plant's construction cost $501 million. The plant's operator is PT Segara Sumber Prima.[3][4]

Description of Unit 3 (660 MW) and Unit 4 (1000 MW) Expansion

In April 2013, the sponsors secured a $700 million loan from the China Development Bank to fund the construction of Unit 3, described as a 660 MW unit. At that time, the company expected to begin construction within 3-6 months.[5][1]

In December 2014, with construction of Unit 3 scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, Indonesian government authorities stated that they were urging the plant's owners to accelerate the construction of both the plant and the transmission lines so that it could come online by the end of 2015, in order to help mitigate the looming Java power crisis.[6]

Unit 3 was completed and began commercial operations in June 2016.[7]

In June 2015, it was reported that PT Sumber Segara Primadaya had signed an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreement with Chengda Engineering Company of Chengdu, China. Under the contract, construction of Unit 4 would be completed by 2018. According to the report, the size of the project was 1,000 MW.[8]

In November 2015, PT PLN signed a power purchase agreement for Unit 4, which was reported to be targeted for 2020 operations.[9]

Cilicap Sumber power station Unit 4 is also known as Jawa-8.[10]

Unit 4 entered construction in October 2016. Cost is estimated at US$1.389 billion.[11] In the 2018-2027 RUPTL, Unit 4 was listed as being 945 MW.[12] In November 2018, PLN stated that Unit 4 would be completely built by October 2019.[13]

The government's long-range plan for 2019-2028 lists a completion date of 2020 for Unit 4.[14] Unit 4 was commissioned in October 2019.[15] Unit 4 generates a total of 1,000 MW. It is sometimes described as 945 MW because 55 MW is used to power the Cilacap Sumber plant itself.[15]

Financing for Units 3 and 4

In 2013, the China Development Bank provided a loan of US$700 million for the development of unit 3.[16]

In 2016, financing was secured for unit 4. The Bank of China provided a loan of US$1 billion, China Development Bank provided a loan of US$98 million, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia provided a loan of US$300 million.[17]

Environmental Impact

Residents living near the Cilacap Sumber power station frequently have coal ash from the power station blown into their village, causing serious health impacts. One resident stated that her grandchild has had to be hospitalized repeatedly due to respiratory ailments. Doctors advised that families with children move away from the power station to avoid the dangerous pollution. 105 families have left the area due to pollution, out of 250 total that lived there before the power station was constructed.[18]

Project Details for Expansion

  • Sponsor: PT Sumber Segara Primadaya (S2P)
  • Parent company: Sumberenergi, PLN
  • Location: Karangkandri Village, Kesugihan District, Cilacap Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: Units 1 and 2: -7.68575, 109.08977; Units 3 and 4: -7.6832417, 109.096384 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Unit 3), Operating (Unit 4)
  • Gross Capacity: Unit 3: 660 MW; Unit 4: 1,000 MW
  • Type: Unit 3: Supercritical; Unit 4: Ultra-supercritical
  • In service: Unit 3: 2016; Unit 4: 2019
  • Coal Type: Subbituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: Unit 3: US$700 million debt from China Development Bank[16]

Unit 4: US$1 billion in debt from the Bank of China; US$98 million in debt from the China Development Bank; US$300 million in debt from Bank Rakyat Indonesia[17]

Articles and resources


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  5. Lili Sunardi. PLTU Cilacap: Sumber Segara Primadaya Dapat Pinjaman US$700 Juta. Bisnis Indonesia, 3 Apr. 2013.
  6. Gentur Putro Jati. Takut Ancaman Krisis Listrik, Pemerintah Kebut PLTU Cilacap. CNN Indonesia, 8 Dec. 2014.
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  8. "Sumber Segara, China's Chenda to start construction of Cilacap mega power plant," RambuEnergy, June 10, 2015
  9. "PLN Teken Kontrak PLTU Cilacap Ekspansi 1000 MW,", 6 November 2015
  10. "Market Sounding IPP Procurement for 2016," PT PLN, 8 December 2015
  11. Michael Agustinus, "PLTU 'Raksasa' di Cilacap Rp 18,2 T Mulai Dibangun," Cybernews, October 12, 2016
  12. Rencana Usaha Penyediaan Tenaga Listrik (RUPTL) 2018-2027, PT PLN Persero, V-4
  13. Kebutuhan meningkat, PLN akan tambah pasokan batubara, Kontan, Nov. 27, 2018
  14. Rencana Usaha Penyediaan Tenaga Listrik (RUPTL) 2018-2027, PT PLN Persero, p.V-43
  15. 15.0 15.1 PLTU Ekspansi II Mulai Beroperasi, Satelit Post, Oct. 7, 2019
  16. 16.0 16.1 "China Development Bank loan for construction of Cilacap power plant extension (Linked to #34801)". Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) - World Bank Group". Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  18. Riky Ferdianto, Voices Against the Waste, Tempo, June 11, 2021

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