Sulut-3 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Sulut-3 power station, also known as Minahasa Kema, is a 100-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.


Planet satellite photos show construction progress from December 2018 to May 2019 at the plant site in Kema village, Kema, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Background on Plant

Sulut-3 power station comprises two 50 MW units, originally scheduled for commercial operation by 2020.[1] A tender for the project was launched in September 2015.[2]

In April 2017, it was reported that PT Minahasa Cahaya Lestari (MCL) is planning to build the plant. MCL is a joint venture of PT Toba Bara Sejahtra Tbk (90%) and China's Sinohydro (10%). MCL has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with PLN. MCL plans to spend US$215 million or Rp2.79 trillion to develop the power plant as well as a 7-km transmission line. It is planned for Kema I village in Kema district.[3]

Unit 1 of the Sulut-3 power station began commercial operation in February 2021. In May 2021, it was reported that construction on the Sulut-3 power station had reached 97%.[4]


In August 2018, a representative of PT Toba Bara Sejahtra said the company was trying to achieve financial close of the project by the end of 2018.[5] In December 2018, the sponsor obtained a US$168 million loan from Bank Mandiri and Sarana Multi Infrastructure (SMI) to develop the project, and construction had begun as of February 2019.[6][7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: PT Minahasa Cahaya Lestari (MCL)
  • Parent company: PT Toba Bara Sejahtra Tbk (90%), Sinohydro (10%)
  • Location: Kema village, Kema district, North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: 1.3743310801783912, 125.08545462074717 (exact)
  • Status: Unit 1: Operating; Unit 2: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: 100 MW (2 x 50 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date: 2021
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  • Source of financing: US$68 million in debt from Bank Mandiri and Sarana Multi Infrastructure (SMI)

Articles and resources


  1. Rencana Usaha Penyediaan Tenaga Listrik (RUPTL) 2017-2026, PT PLN Persero, p. D-6
  2. "PLN relaunches pre-qualification process for Sulut-3 coal fired steam power plant," Rambu Energy, September 18, 2015
  3. "Minahasa Cahaya Lestari to build 100 MW power plant in North Minahasa," Rambu Energy, April 20, 2017
  4. Sukmawati Ibrahim, Proyek PLTU Sulut 3 Rampung 97 Persen, Tribun Timur, May 6, 2021
  5. TOBA Targetkan Pendanaan PLTU Sulut III Tahun Ini, Tribun Manado, Aug. 15, 2018
  6. AP: Indonesia – Loan secured for Sulut 3 CFPP, Project Finance International, Feb. 21, 2019,

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