The presence of the National Electricity Company (PLN) certainly has a strategic role. This state-owned company presence as a national energy supporter which is very reliable in all regions of Indonesia. Sulawesi which is home to industry and the mining business is certainly in the same matrix of needs. Especially in ensuring electricity supply for mineral processing and refining needs (smelters).
In the “Welcome to Celebes (Celebrate of Energize Sulawesi)” event, PLN signed an electricity transaction agreement with investors investing in Sulawesi. There were 13 investors who participated in the event held in Jakarta on Monday, 23rd July 2018. One of them is PT Ceria Nugraha Indotama (Cheers).
Ceria Director Derian Sakmiwata revealed that the signing of the Electricity Purchase Agreement (SPJBTL) between Ceria and PLN was an important partnership in accelerating the construction of smelters. Due to the fact Ceria is currently planning to build a nickel smelter in Kolaka Regency, Southeast Sulawesi.
“We really appreciate this collaboration. We are now focused on pursuing the target of building a smelter, as a commitment to support regional and national economic growth, “Derian explained on Wednesday, 27th August 2018 at the event.
According to Derian, the construction of the Ceria smelter takes place in 3 stages. In particular, the first stage is the construction of 2 lines, the second stage is 2 line and the third stage is the construction of 4 lines. “With this electricity supply assurance, we believe our smelter industry will operate quickly,” he added.
For information, Ceria only operated at the end of 2017. With an area of IUP covering an area of 6,785 hectares, this national company has absorbed a workforce of around 900 people, of which 70 percent are local local workers.
Meanwhile, according to General Manager of PT PLN (Persero) Sulselrabar Region, Bambang Yusuf, Nickel and cobalt companies are the largest PLN Platinum Premium customers in eastern Indonesia. The total power is 350 million VA which is supplied from a high voltage of 150,000 volts.
Bambang said, premium platinum customers such as Ceria will be a priority to get electricity supply continuity without being extinguished. Including by getting compensation if you experience outages outside the plan.
“We are fully committed to supporting national scale industries, including those built by Ceria. This is to support economic growth both in the region and internationally, “explained Bambang.