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Potential Electrical Crisis Looms

Power Supplies Under Critical Strain for Java-Bali Through April 2004.

(1/24/2004) Officials at the State Power Company (PLN) are on tenterhooks, praying no major breakdowns in the Java-Bali power grid before the introduction of new power-producing capacity comes on line in April 2004.

Power Demand at a Maximum

Current power demand levels of 800 megawatts are threatening the stated reserves of only 600 megawatts. PLN officials are confident that they can distribute power and avoid blackouts providing no major failures occur in their power production infrastructure.

PLN is asking consumers and the commercial sector to conserve power use wherever possible to reduce the overall strain on the power grid.

More Power Available in April 2004

A new gas-powered electricity generation plant is currently being built by Siemens at Muara Tawar on Java. That plant, expected to commence operation in April 2004 will bring much needed additional 800 megawatts of reserve power for Java-Bali.

The Search For Power

At present some 2.5 million potential new customers for power hook-ups are on a waiting list nationwide. Once these customers are connected to PLN an anticipated 500 megawatts will be needed to those living on Java and Bali.