Sorong power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Sorong power station is a 50 (MW) gas-fired power plant in West Papua Province, Indonesia. A further 4 x 7 MW coal-fired expansion is under construction. A separately proposed 1,000 MW coal plant for Sorong has been cancelled.


The map below shows the location of the Sorong gas-fired power station, in Sorong, West Papua.

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In March 2015, Japan Gasoline Co. (JGC) announced that it would develop a 1,000 MW coal plant in Sorong, West Papua. The company said that it would initially build a 50 MW unit, adding capacity in a later phase. The company said that it would begin clearing land so that construction could begin in 2015. The plant would use low-quality local coal.[1]

In the 2017-2026 long-range plan, the Sorong project is changed from coal to gas.[2] In the 2019-2028 long-range plan a single 50-MW unit is scheduled for 2024.[3] The 50 MW diesel-fired Sorong power station began operating in 2019. The plant was converted to run on fossil gas in January 2021.[4][5]

As of May 2019, with no reported progress on the 1,000 MW Japan Gasoline project in over four years, it appears to be cancelled.

In October 2020 the General Manager for PLN Persero's Papua Development Main Unit stated that a 4 x 7 MW plant was being planned for the Sorong region.[6] Construction began on the 4 x 7 MW plant in late 2020, and as of March 2021, construction was 41.7% complete. The plant is expected to be operational by 2022.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Units 1-2: Japan Gasoline Co.; Unit 3: PT PLN Persero
  • Parent company:PT PLN Persero
  • Location: Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: -1.0205328465083479, 131.2467708965345 (exact)
  • Status: Phase I: Cancelled (switched from coal to gas); Phase II: Cancelled; Sorong 3: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: Phase I: 50 MW, Phase II: 1000 MW; Sorong 3: 28 MW
  • Type: Phase I: Subcritical; Phase II: Unknown
  • In service: Sorong 1: 2019; Sorong 3: 2022
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Articles and resources


  1. "Japan to Develop Power Plant in Papua," Jakarta Post, March 18, 2015
  2. Rencana Usaha Penyediaan Tenaga Listrik (RUPTL) 2017-2026, PT PLN Persero, VI-15
  3. Rencana Usaha Penyediaan Tenaga Listrik (RUPTL) 2019-2028, PT PLN Persero, E-58
  4. Eko Sutriyanto, PLTMG Sorong Jadi Pembangkit Pertama Tergasifikasi di Indonesia, Tribun Bisnis, Jan. 22, 2021
  5. PLTMG MPP Sorong Pembangkit Listrik Pertama Konversi ke Bahan Bakar Gas], Dunia Energi, Nov. 16, 2020
  6. Program Megawatt Listrik Merata di Papua Barat,, Oct. 16, 2020
  7. PLTU Sorong 4x7 MW, Rekadaya Elektrika, Mar. 2, 2021

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