Jakarta – PT. Industri Kereta Api (INKA) continues the 200 Mega Watt peak (MWp) Solar Power Plant project in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa even though it is in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On September 15, 2020, INKA had carried out the groundbreaking process for the project.
“So on September 15, with the COVID-19 situation, with all kinds of security protocols, we went to Congo to carry out the 200 Megawatt Solar Panel ground breaking which was carried out together with INKA. So this trust from the government and the Congolese Delegation is extraordinary, “said the President Director of INKA Budi Noviantoro in the webinar on BUMN Strategies to Enter the Global Market, Saturday (10/10/2020).
Not only INKA, two other state-owned companies are also working on the project, namely PT Len Industri (Persero) and PT Barata Indonesia (Persero). In this joint project, Len Industri served as Chairman of the Working Team for the Acceleration of Development and Utilization of Solar Energy in the BUMN environment which was formed by the Ministry of BUMN since July 2020.
This Solar Power Plant project is a collaboration with an affiliate of TSG Global Holdings, namely Sunplus S.A.R.L. Later, Sunplus S.A.R.L. will give full authority in the work of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), including the belief in professional management, as well as the concession holder of this Solar Power Plant investment.
So even with the COVID-19 situation, we will keep going. Thank God, today the first Congolese Delegation will arrive at 5pm. On October 30th, the second delegation from Congo, ministerial level, will come together with PT Len, INKA, Barata, “Budi explained.
This Solar Power Plant will be built on an area of 300 hectares (Ha). The contract value reaches US $ 175 million or equivalent to Rp 2.59 trillion. The construction of the 200 MWp PLTS is the initial stage, of the total project of 1,000 MWp.
The construction of this Solar Power Plant uses a ground-mounted system (above the ground) and on-grid or connected to the network (grid), which means that along with other generators, it will also supply the load on the same electricity network. This Solar Power Plant will be used to supply electricity to the Kinsasha area which is still not electrified.