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Indonesia to commence power trade by 2014

JAKARTA -- Indonesian power utility, PLN, plans to start trading electricity with neighboring countries by 2014 at initial capacity of 50 to 100 MegaWatt (MW), PLN President Director Nur Pamuji said here on Monday.

“We can start it within two years,”Nur Pamuji said, adding that talks on the facilities to support that aim is underway at the moment.

Nur said that selling the electricity to neighboring countries would only be conducted after the domestic need on electricity is totally fulfilled.

Meanwhile PLN Planning and Risk Management Director Murtaqi Syamsuddin said that the tender to build power grid connecting Indonesia's territory of West Kalimantan to Malaysia's Sarawak would be conducted this year so as to make the project commenced in 2013.

“It is hoped that all facilities to support the power trade would be ready by 2014,”Murtaqi said.

According to Murtaqi, the power grid project connecting Indonesia and Malaysia would be jointly carried out by PLN and Serawak Energy Berhad of Malaysia.

Each party will be responsible over the project in the country' s respective territory, Murtaqi said as quoted by the vivanews.com.

He added that Indonesia planned to import power from Sarawak to cover the electricity needs in West Kalimantan and to export electricity from power plants operating in Sumatra to Malaysia peninsula and Singapore.

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