Norway SN Power aims to build hydro plant in Indonesia

Anton Hermansyah

The Jakarta Post

SN Power AS, a Norwegian state-owned enterprise, will build a hydroelectric plant in Indonesia next year, Norway’s Ambassador to Indonesia Stig Traavik has said.

Stig said the plan was currently being discussed with state-owned electricity company PLN. Therefore, he could not yet elaborate on the amount of the investment or the exact construction date. However, he said he expects to see an agreement and subsequent progress next year.

“This is a company that has invested a lot in hydro power all over the world […] the company is very seriously looking for the opportunity here,” he said in the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry’s office on Monday.

Running several plants in Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines, SN Power is one of the biggest providers of hydroelectricity in Norway. Its parent, Statkraft, is the biggest renewable energy company in Europe.

PLN corporate planning director Nicke Widyawati said SN Power’s project was not included in the plan to generate an additional 35,000 megawatts of electricity in the country because it would operate as an independent power plant for industrial estates.

“We are offering some potential places in Kalimantan because the island has big rivers. Then the power plant can supply electricity to the industrial estates nearby,” she said. (ags)