UN Conference Preparations Nearly Complete

DENPASAR ~ Preparations for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Nusa Dua from December 3-14 are nearing completion, officials said.

Almost 80 percent of the outdoor and 60 percent of the indoor work has been done, organizing chief R Sudirman said.

He said that outdoor preparations included hotel bookings, pick-ups and allocation of parking for delegates’ aircraft and vehicles at the airport.

Airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I has reserved 38 parking spots for delegates’ aircraft at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport; 38 at Juanda Airport in Surabaya; and 20 at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta.

Sudirman said the organizing committee had booked 7,000 hotel rooms for delegates from 189 countries – in Nusa Dua (15 hotels), Tanjung Benoa (eight), Jimbaran (five), Tuban (14), Kuta (11), Seminyak (seven) and Sanur (nine hotels).

The committee also reported that 6,300 of 10,500 delegates have  registered and 950 reporters from the international media have been accredited for the conference.

“We have less than a month left for final preparations. I’m convinced we will finish everything before D-Day,” he said.

Meanwhile, state power company PLN has announced that power consumption during the conference is expected to contribute to an overall increase of 23.8 percent in usage.

A spokesman for PLN Bali said that power consumption would increase to 520 megawatts per day, from the regular 420 megawatts per day.

The rise would put a strain on PLN, as the available power supply for Bali is 572 megawatts.

The four major sources that provide power to the island are the Java-Bali undersea cable connection with 210 megawatts; the gas power plant in Gilimanuk-Jembrana, with 130 megawatts; a diesel power plant in Pesanggaran-Denpasar at 152 megawatts; and a gas power plant in Pemaron-Buleleng that provides 80 megawatts.

Apart from the PLN power plants, hotels in Nusa Dua have installed high-capacity generators to prevent any power outages during the pivotal conference.

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