New Cables to Power Up Bali
Electricity providers are to lay two new cables between Bali and Java in an attempt to improve the island’s power supply.
State-owned power company PLN announced last week that the new cables, expected to begin operation in July at a cost of Rp450 billion, will deliver an extra 200 megawatts of power to Bali.
“We’re carrying out the project in a careful manner, making quality our top priority. The tender for procurement was conducted last year. Now we are entering the construction stage,” IGN Adnyana of PLN said, adding that two cables were already in operation.
Adnyana said that there were serious challenges in laying cables across the Bali Strait due to powerful currents.
“That’s why we must use cables of excellent quality and lay them in a secure way so that the currents and ferry anchors will not be able to disturb them,” he said, adding that a Japanese specialist company had been contracted to do the work.
“We can increase or decrease the amount of electricity channelled by the cables in line with our current needs,” said PLN’s Bali manager, IB Gede Mardawa, adding that extra power would be directed to high consumption locations such as the Nusa Dua hotel enclave and the airport.
Mardawa said an increase in supply was necessary to prevent power outages.
“The additional 200 megawatts of electricity supply brought by the underwater cables is expected to bring the supply level into a safe point. Hopefully the island will not have to face another series of rolling blackouts,” he said.Filed under: Headlines