‘Bright Indonesia’ Program to Light up Papua

‘Bright Indonesia’ Program to Light up Papua

By: Rafika S. (Researcher MACDIS)

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Sudirman Said launched Bright Indonesia Program

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PT PLN (Persero) launched the operation of electricity in 101 villages in Papua and West Papua Province to support the government program ‘Indonesia Terang’ (Bright Indonesia). This operation by PT PLN called ‘Light up Papua’ and is targets up to 2020 villages in Papua and West Papua Provinces to be electrified.

Keywords: Indonesia, Papua, West Papua, PT PLN, Bright Indonesia, Electricity, Government, Infrastructure, Environment, Development

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Indonesia has launched the program of ‘Bright Indonesia’ in order to meet the national electrification ratio target to increase from 85% in 2015 to 97% by 2019. Press release data from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in 2016 mentions that there are 12,659 disadvantaged villages that have not obtained access to electricity from PT PLN. These villages are mostly scattered in Papua and other parts of East Indonesia. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said revealed that the government would focus on developing electricity infrastructures at villages in Papua and West Papua Provinces in a bid to realize the Bright Indonesia Program.

Most people in the remote province of Papua and West Papua have no access to electricity and rely on kerosene or firewood for light at night. The indigenous communities of Papua that previously used kerosene lamps and candles are now benefiting from clean lighting. The west Papua provincial administration positively welcomed the program initiated by the central government, hoping that the Bright Indonesia Program can be well executed so that all regencies in West Papua can enjoy 24 hours electricity supplies.

PT PLN (Persero) launched the operation of electricity in 101 villages in Papua and West Papua Province for support the government program ‘Indonesia Terang’ (Bright Indonesia). This operation by PT PLN called ‘Light up Papua’ and is targets up to 2020 villages in Papua and West Papua Provinces to be electrified. Director of Maluku-Papua Regional Business of PT PLN (Persero), Ahmad Rofik said that the total 101 new villages with electricity this year are spread in the working areas of PLN Sorong, Merauke, Monokwari, Timika, Jayapura, and Biak. The location that spread around mountain area and the difficult access of transportation are the challenges for PLN to build power plants and power grids to remote area. Currently there are 117 villages that have electricity from the target of 379 villages for this year. The remaining villages that have not received electricity will be cultivated to be completed by the end of this year.

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