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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply (0)

State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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GWK Bali New Year's Eve celebrations to feature 20,000 fireworks

Badung (Bali) - The 2020 New Year's Eve celebrations at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, Bali, will feature 20,000 shots of fireworks being burst, Marketing Communication and GWK Event Head Andre Prawiradisastra told the press IN Badung, Bali,, Tuesday.

The fireworks party themed "Bali Countdown 2020 - The Biggest Fireworks Show in Bali" will be divided into two sessions.

"The first launch is at 8:20 p. m. local time, but the shots will not be too much. During the peak session, just before the clock strikes midnight, the spectacular shots will be launched for a total duration of 10 minutes," Prawiradisastra revealed.

To create a more festive ambiance, some musicians, including Diskopantera, Feel Koplo, Joni Agung & Double T, as well as Balinese disk jockeys, will also perform on stage.

Some 40 food trucks are prepared in the area that is expected to accommodate around 10 thousand visitors.

"We are highly optimistic about the target of visitors since, in the last several days, some six thousand tickets were sold," he remarked, added that each ticket cost Rp125 thousand.


President Jokowi boards bike to visit Semarang's Old Town

Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) boarded a bike to visit the revitalization project of Semarang, Central Java's Old Town, implemented to promote tourism in the area.

After cycling from the Semarang Square on Monday, the president, in the company of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, headed for the city's old town area.

He kicked off the activity by visiting the Semarang Small, Medium Enterprises Gallery followed by observing the condition of the building on Roda II Street.

He then walked around and greeted people on Letjen Suprapto Street down to the park near Blenduk Church and entered the Oudetrap Building and SMEs product gallery.

The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing is conducting the construction of the Phase I Semarang Old Town Area project. The restructuring program was conducted from 2017 until 2019.

An area spanning 22 hectares was built to increase tourist visits to the location.

For further improvements, utility networks, including electric cables, fiber optics, telephones, and drinking water pipes, are buried underground along with drainage networks.

Two retention ponds were also built, including the Berok Pond and Bubakan, to reduce the likelihood of puddles forming in the area.


President, others wish Indonesia peace, harmony on Christmas

Indonesian President Joko Widodo wished a Merry Christmas to all Christians in the country through his verified social media account @jokowi on Instagram, Wednesday. In his remarks, the President uploaded an illustrated picture showing a family celebrating Christmas together.

The President also wrote a message where he hoped that peace, joy, and harmony will always accompany us.

"To my Christian brothers and sisters throughout the country and wherever they are, may peace, joy and harmony continue to accompany us," the President wrote in the account managed by his Digital Communications Team.

In addition to the President, Chairman of DPP Gerindra Prabowo Subianto, who is also Indonesia’s Minister of Defense, conveyed his Christmas greetings through the social media.

Through his Instagram account Insta Story @Prabowo, he echoed the President’s greetings, "To my brothers and sisters who are Christians, congratulations on celebrating Christmas 2019. May peace and harmony between religious believers accompany our beloved nation."

Meanwhile, Indonesia's sixth president and Chairman of the Democratic Party Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, through his Twitter account @SBYudhoyono prayed for Christmas 2019 to bring happiness and hope to Christians.

Yudhoyono invited all Indonesians to respect Christians who celebrate Christmas so that the celebrations takes place safely and peacefully.

"May this 2019 Christmas bring happiness & hope to Christians. Let's respect our brothers and sisters who celebrate Christmas so that everything take place safely and peacefully. Hopefully in this beloved country there will always be harmony, love and brotherhood among all of us * SBY *," Yudhoyono tweeted from his account. (ANTARA)


Jokowi scheduled to attend national Christmas celebration in West Java

Illustration. President Jokowi attended an event at the SICC, Bogor District, West Java Province, in July 2019 (ANTARA)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is expected to be present alongside the congregation during the national Christmas celebrations planned at the Sentul International Convention Center (SICC), Bogor District, West Java Province, on Wednesday.

According to the organizing committee chairman of this religious event, Juliari Peter Batubara, President Jokowi is scheduled to attend the national Christmas celebrations themed "giving up life for all people."

Batubara noted that the national Christmas celebrations, directly led by Jakarta Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo, are divided into two sessions: the Christmas service and Christmas celebration.

Speaking in connection with this event, Security Chief of PT Sentul City Tbk Paul Krisdianto admitted to being aware of the SICC serving as the venue for this year's national Christmas celebrations.

To this end, Krisdianto’s men are prepared to be stationed to offer a helping hand to security personnel in providing optimal security service to both the congregation as well as the guests and in helping them manage the arrival and departure of vehicles to avoid traffic congestion.

"We have been familiar with how to help secure the SICC complex area (during the convening of a big event), and we also have in place our standard operating procedures pertaining to security matters," he revealed.

In the meantime, the Christmas Eve services at churches across Indonesia on Tuesday evening reportedly ran peacefully.

The local police had confirmed that a gray backpack, found near the entrance of the Bethel Indonesia Church (GBI) on Kartini Street in Depok City, West Java Province, on Tuesday, did not contain any explosive material.

Following a thorough check, the Gegana bomb-disposal squad personnel discovered several books and clippings in the backpack, Depok Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms Azis Adriansyah revealed.

In Papua Province, over a thousand Christians in Waena, Abepura, Jayapura City, partook in a Christmas Eve service at the Siloam Indonesian Christian Church (GKI).

The congregation, arriving from various parts of Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province, thronged the church's front yard and its multi-function hall for the Christmas Eve service.

Christians in Biak Numfor District also attended the Christmas Eve services at churches, such as the GKI Maranatha Biak, Santa Maria, Immanuel Agung Samofa, IS Kijne, and Bethel Indonesia.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD confirmed the police's readiness to secure this year's Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations across Indonesia. (ANTARA)


Indonesia People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) Chairman Bambang Soesatyo put forth the suggestion to establish a world Muslim consultative assembly association, especially for member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

"We hope the MPR RI and Shura Council of Saudi Arabia would be the pioneers," Soesatyo noted in a statement received in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Soesatyo along with several vice leaders of MPR, Hidayat Nur Wahid, Ahmad Muzani, Jazilul Fawaid, Arsul Sani, and Fadel Muhammad had paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

In the company of Indonesia Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel, the leaders met King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of Shura Council Muhammad Ibrahim al-Sheikh, as well as General Secretary of World Muslim League, and other stakeholders.

The official government visit between the two countries, including inter-parliamentary visits, is a form of good diplomacy and can intensify relations between both leaders to implement all the inked partnership agreement, Soesatyo stated.

Responding to the suggestion, Ibrahim al-Sheikh welcomed it as part of parliamentary diplomacy to bolster partnership relations between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The MPR RI was urged to formally put forth its suggestion to form the world Muslim consultative assembly association through a written proposal, so it can later be followed up by the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia.

The Council is the Saudi Arabia parliament institution, with some 150 members of experts and senior figures inaugurated by the King, of which 30 are women.

Its authority encompasses giving suggestions to the King and his ministers, review and interpret the laws, as well as improve the laws and international contracts.


Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono lauded the smooth flow of cars transported aboard ferries at Merak Port in Banten Province and Bakauheni Port in Lampung Province during Christmas and New Year holiday season.

"We praise the smooth transportation of cars and passengers at the Merak and Bakauheni ports during this Christmas and New Year holiday season," he remarked while observing the e-ticket service at Merak Port's executive pier on Tuesday.

While referring to the figure furnished by Director of state-owned ferry operator PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Ira Puspadewi, the total number of cars crossing Bakauheni Port in Lampung to Merak Port in Banten rose some 20 percent while those crossing from Merak to Bakauheni ports just increased about 11 percent than those recorded last year, he noted.

The Trans-Sumatra toll road in the provinces of Lampung and South Sumatra might have driven the rising trend of vehicles crossing from Bakauheni to Merak ports, he noted, adding that the to-and-fro flow of cars at Merak and Bakauheni ports can be better served in future.

Hadimuljono also vowed to inform those handling the Trans-Sumatra toll road projects in Lampung to ensure the provision of basic necessities, such as reliable rest areas and sanitary facilities, to provide better services to toll road users.

In connection with the mode of transportation preferred by travelers during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, a recent study of the Transportation Ministry's Research and Development Division showed that 48 percent of the 2,500 respondents preferred traveling by car than train.

Despite the research finding, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi recently pointed to traveling by train to cities in Java Island being a popular choice among Indonesians keen on celebrating this year's Christmas and New Year holiday season.

Sumadi admitted to a drop of up to six to eight percent in the number of passengers over these past two days than the count recorded in the corresponding period in 2018.

"This downward trend is just recorded in short-distance trips, such as Jakarta-Cirebon and Jakarta-Pekalongan," he was quoted by ANTARA from the ministry's official website as saying.

In its place, the number of passengers for long-distance routes, including the Jakarta-Solo and Jakarta-Yogyakarta ones, remains high.  

"We still need to look at this trend in a week," he stated.

The downward trend in the number of the train passengers undertaking short-distance trips might partly be owing to those looking to use the Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road recently inaugurated by President Joko Widodo, he expounded. 


Radio Republik Indonesia launched the National Integrated Newsroom on the 7th floor of the RRI Building, Jakarta, Monday (12/23/2019). In his remarks, Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny Gerard Plate underlined RRI as a public broadcasting institution must return to the spirit of Tri Prasetya RRI. Tri Prasetya RRI is a promise made by RRI broadcasters, firstly to save all radio equipment from anyone, secondly to drive RRI broadcasts as a means of struggle and revolutionary tools, and thirdly to stand on all group, beliefs, and parties by prioritizing national unity and state safety. The Minister of Communication and Informatics said that the contents of Tri Prasetya RRI were in the human resources which are currently being prioritized by President Joko Widodo’s administration.

"What we want to see is that not only what is physically seen, it is returning to khitah, the spirit of Tri Prasetya RRI. How do we update Tri Prasetya RRI again through facilities and infrastructure that are becoming more modern. That's what we have to fill. Do not forget it. Where is that? It is the in human resources. That is in line with the Onward Indonesian Cabinet program which is currently President Joko Widodo and Vice President Prof. KH. Ma'ruf Amin prioritizes," said Johnny Gerard Plate.

Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny Gerard Plate added, RRI as a public broadcasting institution must be the leading institution to socialize the Pancasila philosophy and state constitution.

Present at the inauguration of the RRI's National Integrated Newsroom, were among others the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy and Member of the House of Representatives Commission VI Herman Khaeron. (VOI / AHM)


Jokowi highlights rationale behind expediting biodiesel program

President Joko Widodo launched the implementation of B30 program in Jakarta on Monday. (Dec 23, 2019).

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) brought to the fore the basis for expediting the implementation of the biodiesel program until the country could avail the benefits of using B100, or 100 percent biodiesel.

"For me, it is not sufficient only to have B30 biodiesel. I have ordered the ministers and Pertamina to produce B40 by next year and B50 in early 2021," Jokowi remarked at the launch of the B30 program here on Monday.

The head of state spoke of his plan to conduct daily monitoring on the development of the program.

The government has at least three reasons behind speeding up the implementation of its biodiesel program.

Jokowi explained that the first reason was Indonesia’s keenness to seek renewable energy sources and end its dependency on fossil fuel, which, in future, will become depleted.

The development of renewable energy has also demonstrated Indonesia's commitment to preserving planet earth, producing clean energy by reducing carbon emissions, and improving the quality of the environment.

The second motive was the country's continued high dependence on imported fuel oil despite being the world's largest producer of palm oil.

"With such palm oil production potential, we have plenty of sources for biofuel to replace diesel oil," he explained, adding that the potential should be explored further to support national energy resilience and self-sufficiency.

"If we can consistently apply B30 biodiesel, we can save more than Rp63 trillion in foreign exchange," he pointed out.

Thirdly, the president pointed out that the implementation of B30 biodiesel will also step up the demand for domestic crude palm oil and furthermore have a multiplier effect on 16.5 million palm oil farmers in Indonesia.

It means that the B30 biodiesel program will impact small- and medium-scale farmers.

"I remind you here that the key to the success of the B30 biodiesel program or also B100 is whether we can put an end to imports," he stated.

B15 -- a fuel blend of 15 percent palm fatty acid methyl ester and 85 percent of conventional diesel fuel -- was made mandatory in 2015 for diesel-reliant industries.

A year later, B20, which has a bio-content of 20 percent, was produced to replace B15, and the government made it mandatory for the respective industries.

Furthermore, the government has decided that B30 will be made mandatory from January next year.

A decision was taken in August on the policy to make B30 mandatory in 2020 after the European parliament issued a resolution in 2017 to phase out palm oil in biofuel on grounds that it has caused deforestation.

With B30, the government is estimated to save Rp60 trillion from fuel imports in 2020.

If the migration to B30 is successful, President Jokowi is keen that the country begin planning for B50. (ANTARA)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) left Jakarta for Surabaya on Saturday morning to conduct a working visit to observe the PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) Plant in Kedu Sub-district, East Java.

Presidential Secretariat's Press, Media, and Information Bureau confirmed that President Jokowi was accompanied by First Lady Iriana Jokowi and several cabinet members, including State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir.

The president and his entourage departed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta aboard the presidential aircraft.

ANTARA noted that President Jokowi was channeling attention on Indonesia's endeavors to make it the world's exporter of petrochemical products.

On Dec 6, 2019, Jokowi expressed optimism while inaugurating the national petrochemical company PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk's new plant in Cilegon, Banten Province.

During that time, he was optimistic that Indonesia would become one of the world's exporters of petrochemical products within the next four to five years owing to rising investment in this sector.

"I feel, four or five years from now, we will no longer need to import petrochemicals. Instead, we will become an exporter," he stated at an event to inaugurate the national petrochemical company PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk's new plant in Cilegon.
President Jokowi departs for East Java to visit petrochemical plant

President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo departed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta to Surabaya aboard the presidential aircraft. (Biro Pers Media dan Informasi Setpres RI.)

President Jokowi justified his optimism by highlighting PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk's plan to develop the second phase of its petrochemical complex in Cilegon, with investment totaling Rp60 trillion-Rp80 trillion.

The company's petrochemical complex will be built during the period from 2019 to 2024. Once operational, Chadra Asri's production capacity will rise to eight million tons annually, he stated.

Based on a government road map called Making Indonesia 4.0, the chemical industry is one of the five sectors that will become the pioneers in the application of industry 4.0 in the country.

Hence, the chemical industry should be developed to become more productive, innovative, and competitive on the global scene. (ANTARA)



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President Joko Widodo inaugurated Manggar landfill in Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan, Wednesday (18/12).(VOI/ANDY)

President Joko Widodo inaugurated Manggar landfill in Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan, Wednesday (18/12). In addition, he also inaugurated a dam and Tritip processing plant. To reporters, President Joko Widodo said that the Manggar Final Processing Site could be a good example for other Final Processing Sites in Indonesia. Manggar Final Processing Site can maintain a green, environmentally friendly and economical area in terms of development financing. According to President Joko Widodo, waste matters cannot be considered insignificant, so that the Final Processing Site must be built optimally.

"This is, according to what I have seen in other cities, I think this is the best final processing of trash in Indonesia, which is green, odorless, clean, and the development that I have done also does not cost so much only Rp 160 billion. If there are other places that might want to do the processing by burning, incinerating, or processing it into electricity, that's fine too, but I see that nothing has been completed and is in good condition. I don't think garbage is an insignificant matter, but I think Balikpapan already has final landfill at Manggar, and the good thing is that in Balikpapan, the process starts at home, not all of it is thrown away at Manggar landfill, but reduced by 20 percent, first prevented at home; this reduces also a lot,” the president said.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo also mentioned the matter of processing waste into electricity. This program will be carried out in 10 cities in Indonesia so that waste is no longer a burden, but it contributes to national development. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)

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