The Government of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo has planned to build a world leading thermal power plant in the central province of Java .

The plant, designed to have five turbines with a total capacity of 5,000 MW, is part of Indonesia ’s ambitious scheme to add 35,000 MW to the country’s national grid in the next five years.

Its construction will commence next year with the first two turbines being put into operation by 2018. Once the whole plant is completed in 2021, it will become the largest of its kind in the country.

According to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said, the thermal plant will use environmental friendly technology which allows minimising gas emissions from traditional intake materials like coal.

The construction of the 120 ha plant was introduced a couple of years ago but it was postponed due to technical issues, procedures and site clearance, he added.

According to statistics, Indonesia generated a total of 51,980 MW of electricity by end of July 2014. However, with a 7 percent annual growth in power demand, the country needs additional 5,700 MW each year to avoid a power crisis.-VNA