Bad weather delays coal shipment for Cilacap

Bad weather has prevented six barges carrying 48,000 tons of coal to feed the six turbines at the Cilacap power plant in Central Java from reaching their destination. 

"The barges from Kalimantan cannot enter Tanjung Intan Port because they are being held in the East Java waters," Aher Priyatno, head of the patrol and rescue section head at the port's coast guard office, said Monday. 

"Bad weather has generated 5-meter waves on the Indian Ocean." 

Five barges are taking refuge in the Muncar waters off Banyuwangi, while the sixth is still in Masalembu waters. 

Aher said he did not know when the barges could continue their trip to Cilacap, saying only that they had to wait for better weather. 

The delay is expected to disrupt the power plant's operations, although plant technical manager Sutikno said current stocks were still sufficient for the next two weeks. 

High waves on the Indian Ocean are expected well into mid-February, threatening all vessels. 

Meanwhile, in Timika, Papua, the Mimika regency administration is cooperating with state-owned electricity firm PT PLN to start building a power plant in Pomako this year. 

The administration and the Mimika Regency Legislative Council met Jan. 27 in Jakarta with a PLN committee overseeing power plant development. 

During the meeting, the Mimika administration offered the use of a 12-hectare plot of land to stockpile coal, said Trimanto, head of PLN's Mimika office. 

"The committee responded by sending a team to conduct surveys, assisted by officials from the Mimika Public Works Agency," he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. 

"It is expected the power plant will cost some Rp 200 billion *US$17.03 million*." 

Trimanto added PLN was currently handling 35 power plant projects across the country, two of which were in Papua. The other one is in provincial capital of Jayapura. 

He also said that bidding for the Pomako power plant would be held in June.
Source:Agus Maryono and Markus Makur , The Jakarta Post , CILACAP, Timika | Tue, 02/10/2009 2:39 PM | The Archipelago 

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