February 20, 2019 / 7:20 AM / 9 months ago

Indonesia's PLN to convert four power plants to palm-powered stations

JAKARTA, Feb 20 (Reuters) -

* Indonesia’s state electricity utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) said will convert four power plants to use fuel made wholly from crude palm oil, director Djoko Rahardjo said

* PLN will convert three diesel-powered plants in East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi with combined 112 megawatt capacity and a gas machine power plant in Papua with 10 megawatt capacity

* The conversion, estimated to reduce PLN’s fossil diesel fuel consumption by around 190,000 kilolitres (KL) per year, is part of its effort to support the government’s biodiesel programme aimed at boosting domestic consumption of palm oil, Rahardjo said

* The company is currently running trials for the power plants and full conversion is scheduled to start around the end of the year

* PLN already used B20, which has 20 percent palm-based content, for most of its diesel power plants. In 2019, PLN’s B20 consumption seen at around 3 million KL (Reporting by Wilda Asmarini, Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Shreejay Sinha)

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