Jambi Tebo power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Jambi Tebo power station is a proposed 400-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Jambi Province, Indonesia.


The map below shows the location of Tebo Regency, the approximate location where the plant would be built in Jambi Province. The plant is repeatedly referred to as being in Tebo, but it is possible that it is in a different Tebo on the coast of Jambi Province.

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Background on Project

In March 2008, it was announced that Korean investors were exploring a plan to build a 100-MW coal-fired power plant in Sarolangun Regency in Sumatra's Jambi Province. The plan was apparently to build a mine-to-mouth plant.[1]

In October 2013, after years of delays, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the provincial government of Jambi and Korean company Korea South-East Power Company (KOSEP), a subsidiary of Korean state-owned power producer KEPCO, to build what had by then become a two-unit, 400-MW coal-fired power plant in Jambi's Tebo Regency. The cost was projected at $750 million. Groundbreaking was expected in mid-2014.[2][3]

In November 2014, with permitting for the project stalled, Jambi Gov. Hasan Bagri Agus and South Korean businesspeople travelled to Jakarta and met with Indonesia Vice Pres. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, urging him to help speed approval of the plant. The project was apparently waiting for approval by PLN, which needed to agree to purchase the plant's power.[4][5] In February 2015, a KOSEP executive reiterated the company's willingness to build the plant.[6]

According to a February 2015 news release, Jambi is waiting for a recommendation from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). The Governor of Jambi, Hasan Basri Agus, said he is committed to developing the plant. According to Hasan, there has been approval from the central government as well as a feasibility study process at the BKPM. The missing step has been a license from PLN.[7]

In June 2016, it was reported that the project remained in limbo and still lacked permits. Otto Riadi, the head of BPMD-PPT, the regional investment and licensing board, said that more study of the arrangements between the sponsor and the government was needed, in order to clarify who would be the focal point for the project.[8]

As of December 2018 there is no additional news about the project and it appears to be cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Korea South-East Power Company (KOSEP)
  • Parent company: KEPCO
  • Location: Tebo Regency, Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: -1.39, 102.42 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity: 400 MW (Units 1 & 2: 200 MW)
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