Electricity supply is one of the important factors that must be fulfilled in the processing and refining of minerals (smelters). Without a stable electricity supply and reliable smelter, it cannot operate optimally.
PT Ceria Nugraha Indotama (Ceria), which is committed in building a nickel processing plant in Wolo, Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi, has entered into final agreement with the National Electricity Company (PLN) in ensuring electricity supply as an energy source. In addition to the plan in building a power plant as an energy source for smelters and other facilities, Ceria is committed in getting electricity supply of 350 million VA (350 MW) from PLN.
Derian Sakmiwata, President Director of Caria, said that the signing of the Electricity Purchase Agreement (SPJBTL) with PLN was an important progress in accelerating the construction of smelters. Ceria itself has now signed the first phase contract with PLN for the use of electricity for 118 MW.
This was revealed when PLN held a Welcome to Celebes (Celebrate of Energize Sulawesi) event in Jakarta, on Monday, 23rd July 2018.
In a press conference, the Sulawesi Regional Business Director of PLN, Syamsul Huda said, his party was committed in maintaining electricity supply, especially for smelters. He explained, PLN has added 739 MW of electricity.
The addition was supported by an additional 1,460 MVA substations and 815 km of transmission which strengthened the electricity system. PLN targets that number will increase in the next 10 years.
This is in accordance with the RUPTL 2018-2027 where PLN will build a total of 4,848 MW, 8,269 km of transmission and 7,103 MWA substations. “With this progress, Sulawesi has adequate power reserves to meet investors need in the industrial sector, including for smelters,” Huda explained.
Regarding the Ceria smelter, the total power is 350 million VA which will be supplied from a high voltage of 150,000 volts. According to the General Manager of the Sulselrabar area of PLN, Bambang Yusuf, there are three stages in the materialising the power supply. From the initial stage which will commence in January 2020, the second phase will be in June 2020, and the final third phase will be in June 2021.
(Source : www.kontan.co.id)