JAKARTA. Far-distant day, investors have looked at the Provincial Government’s plan (the administration) Papua build hydropower plants. A number of private firms in foreign countries and to explore the use of generators Urumuka River in the Mimika district.
Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu says it has successfully completed a project feasibility study expected to cost around Rp 5 trillion. “There’s a company called China Hydro China was eager to work on this project,” said Barnabas according to a hearing with the House Budget Board, Thursday (11 / 2).
Barnabas optimistic that this project can be completed in 2015. That way, the electricity crisis in Papua may be decreasing. Generator that produces 300 MW of electricity can flow to the people residing in five districts around Timika, southern Papua.
In addition, the electric current generated from power plants will be sold to PT Freeport Indonesia. Freeport requires electricity supply about 200 megawatts, in order to support the mining operations in Mimika District, Timika Each year we can sell electricity Rp 2 trillion to Freeport, “said Barnabas.
That way the Papua provincial government to raise local revenue (PAD) for the years to come. Currently, Papua only produce revenue of Rp 500 billion each year. This amount is very small compared with the potential of natural resources in Papua are very abundant.
Papua provincial government revenue target deposits in 2021 reached Rp 20 trillion. Increased revenue needs, to reduce dependence on financing from Papua, the central government. Because, of the total budget for this area, black pearl, 95% contributed from the new state budget and the rest of the PAD. “We want the year 2021, 95% donated by the PAD,” please Barnabas.
This plan had the support of the House of Representatives. Members of the House Budget Board Yorris Raweyai Papua will be pushed to increase revenue by using the potential of their natural wealth. “To the people of Papua are also able to enjoy the wealth of the region,” said Golkar Party politician from Papua. Papua also is exploring the potential development of hydropower plants in Mamberamo, which is expected to produce 10 MW electricity.
Source: Kontan, 12 Pebruary 2010