Jakarta Blackouts ‘Inevitable’ in the Short Term, Says Minister

By webadmin on 02:38 pm Nov 10, 2009
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Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Darwin Saleh said on Tuesday that blackouts in Jakarta were inevitable in the short term, while the Indonesia Consumer Protection Agency has asked the state electricity provider to utilize improved approaches in announcing the blackouts.

“The blackouts cannot be avoided in the short term but we will work hard to keep it from happening again in the future,” Darwin said.

He made the statement after launching the Indonesian carbon capture and storage (CCS) study at the ministry on Tuesday.

Darwin said he and Minister for State Enterprises Mustafa Abubakar had summoned Fahmi Mohtar, the director of state electricity utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), for a meeting on Sunday to find out PLN’s strategy regarding the blackouts. He also asked PLN to announce the blackout schedules.

Tulus Abadi from the Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) told Metro TV that PLN should be more active in informing the public about the blackouts.

“Don’t just put the schedule on the Web, because only a small percentage of people have access to the Internet. Be active, announce it through loud speakers in mosques, for example,” Tulus said.

YLKI also asked PLN to properly explain to the public the reasons behind the blackouts,. However, YLKI is not planning a class action yet, even though it has received many letters complaining about PLN’s performance.

Information about blackouts in Jakarta can be accessed at www.plnjaya.co.id.