Strengthening West Kalimantan Power Grid

This project aims to increase economic growth with widening access to markets and economic opportunities and develop eco-efficiency of environmental sustainability by reducing the cost of the operating system in West Kalimantan, which is mostly based on oil and diesel-fired power plants. The Project is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Agence Française De Développement (AFD) with these following packages:

  1. 1.Package 1: T/L 275 kV Bengkayang – Jagoibabang (Sarawak Border)
  2. 2.Package 2: 275 kV Bengkayang Substation
  3. 3.Package 3: T/L 150 kV Bengkayang – Ngabang – Tayan
  4. 4.Package 4: 150 kV Ngabang and Tayan (first extension) Substation
  5. 5.Package 5 150 kV Tayan (second extension), Sanggau, Sekadau Substation
  6. 6.Package 6: T/L150 kV Tayan – Sanggau
  7. 7.Package 7: T/L 150 kV Sanggau – Sekadau

These first four packages 1 to 4 have been in operation. The completion of these packages has allowed PLN to import electricity from the Sarawak hydropower plant to be distributed to local people in West Kalimantan. Other advantages, this project has also resulted in the cost reduction of power generation from $0.25/kwh in 2009 to about $0.090/kwh in October 2019 and has reduced carbon footprint up to 400,000 tons. The last three packages 5 to 7 also offered some benefit, i.e., to strengthen the power grid in West Kalimantan. This project was in line with the development needs and strategy of Government and PLN, also ADB country strategy. The project was also aligned with ADB’s energy sector assessment strategy and road map the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippine – East Asian Growth Area BIMP-EAGA implementation blueprint, which made improving infrastructure facilities a priority and power interconnection a key strategic pillar. The project was also in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity Plan.