Palu power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Palu power station, also known as PLTU Mpanau, is a coal-fired power plant in Panau, North Palu, Palu City, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Two phases have been built and a third phase of 2 x 50 MW is under construction.


The satellite photo below shows the project in Panau, North Palu, Palu City, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Satellite photography from Planet shows construction of the 2 x 50 MW expansion occurring between January 2021 and July 2021.

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Background on Plant

Two 15 MW units at the Palu power station were built in 2006 by SEPCO3 and are located on the east side of the bay north of Palu.[1] As shown in Google Earth archives, a second phase of unknown capacity entered construction in 2014 and was completed in 2016. In PT PLN's 2016-2025 long range supply plan, with a 100 MW unit in 2018, but further details are not available.[2][3] The proposed expansion does not appar in the 2017-2026 or the 2018-2027 long-range plans and appears to have been shelved.

In the 2019-2028 long-range plan a 2 x 50 MW expansion, which is being called PLTU Palu-3, is scheduled for 2022.[4] In September 2019 Persero signed contracts for construction of the expansion.[5]

News coverage of the power station has been sparse sense the construction contract was signed. In May 2021, PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk was given a government award for Covid-19 prevention measures implemented in the workplace, which is described as "related to the construction of PLTU Palu 3", which suggests that as of May 2021 construction on the power station is underway.[6]

Problems with the Plant

In April 2017, the chairman of the NGO Green Revolution, Arsyad, said that the governor of Central Sulawesi had formed an integrated team to decide whether the Mpanau plant should be closed or continue operating. Among the issues on the table were noise and management of fly ash and bottom ash. “Kami juga sudah pamit kepada pemerintah dan aparat. Untuk mengambil kembali hak asasi warga Mpanau yang sudah dirampas selam 10 tahun oleh PLTU PT. PJPP dan menggunakan hak konstitusionalnya untuk menutup dan menduduki PLTU Mpanau,” said Arsyad.[7]

In January 2018 hundreds of residents protested the continuing pollution from the plant and shut down a waterway leading to the plant.[8] Later that month unspecified sanctions were imposed on Albert Wu, President Director of PT PJPP and owner of the power plant, by the government of the Tawaeli Sub-districton for Wu's failure to comply with waste management permit requirements.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: PT PLN Persero
  • Parent company: PT PLN Persero
  • Location: Panau, North Palu, Palu City, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: -0.7332027, 119.8559205 (exact)
  • Status: Phase I (two units): Operating; Phase 2 (three units): Operating; Phase 3: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: Phase I: 2 x 15 MW; Phase II: 2 x 18 MW; Phase III: 100 MW (2 x 50 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date: Phase I (Units 1 and 2): 2006; Phase II: 2016; Phase III: 2022
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