The 46.6-MW Rajamandala Hydropower Plant is operational, Kansai Electric Power Co. announces, with operating company PT. Rajamandala Electric Power (REP) having received its commercial operation date (COD) certificate from PT Perusahaan Listrk Negara (PLN) on May 23.
In the COD certificate, REP and PLN agree the plant started commercial operation from May 12.
The hydropower plant is on the Citarum River about 100 km southeast of Jakarta in West Java Province of the Republic of Indonesia. It sells its generated power to Indonesian state-owned power company PLN.
In September 2007, Kansai acquired an exclusive right to develop the plant from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. In 2012, Kansai and PT Indonesia Power jointly established REP, is a special purpose company to build the plant. REP signed a 30-year power sale contract with PLN in August 2013. After the execution of the construction contract in March 2014 and the loan agreement in June 2014, respectively, REP commenced construction in October 2014.
This is the first overseas hydropower project for which a Japanese power company carried out the entire development process, from investigation, business evaluation to financing, Kansai says. The plant is expected to generate about 181 GWh of electricity annually. In addition, it will supply low-cost and low-carbon electricity to the Republic of Indonesia.
As stated in Kansai’s medium-term management plan, to make overseas business an important pillar of the group’s earnings, Kansai will continue to expand its overseas power business actively.
In October 2014, HydroWorld.com reported that Voith Fuji Hydro received the contract to supply major electromechanical equipment to the Rajamandala project.