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Bali- Java Electrical Power Crisis

PLN - State Power Company Warns of Possible Severe Power Shortages Lasting Until Late June 2005.

(5/30/2005) The Java-Bali electrical power grid is suffering a sudden and severe shortfall in power generating capabilities estimated at between 77 328 megawatts (mg) that officials say will persist until late June 2005.

The power crisis has been brought on by repairs currently being carried out on gas supply pipes feeding the Muara Karang and Tanjung Priok Steam Generating Plants in Java. These repairs have put added strain on a power supply system already operating at near maximum levels.

Officials of the State Power Company (PLN) are asking the public to be prepared for rotational "brown outs" needed to reduce power demands during peak hours and conserve power consumption wherever possible in businesses and homes.

"Brown outs," should they occur, are most likely to happen during peak consumption periods starting from late afternoon through the evening hours.

As part of a public education program during the current crisis, PLN is asking consumers to reduce by least 50 watts electrical consumption in every home by turning off at least two lamps and avoiding the excessive use of electrical appliances.

PLN have promised to do all possible to maintain power to critical services, such as hopsitals and other vital government services.

Most major hotels in Bali and Java and many places of business already have back-up emergency power generation systems in place to ensure uninterrupted power supplies to their customers.