This Said Private Electric Manufacturers Questioning Electrical Project Delays
By : Ahmad Fadli Dan Aldo Bella Putra | Thursday, September 06 2018 - 14:00 IWST
Ketua Umum Asosiasi Produsen Listrik Seluruh Indonesia (APLSI), Arthur Simatupang
INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The weakening of the rupiah against the US dollar has affected electricity projects. Responding to this matter, the General Chairperson of the Indonesian Electricity Producers Association (APLSI), Arthur Simatupang, understood that the government was trying to overcome the weakening of the rupiah.
But, he reminded the government to pay attention to certainty and investment climate for investors in the electricity sector.
Moreover, the construction of a power plant project needs a long time. Starting from licensing, tendering, until construction can take almost five years. While efforts to restore the rupiah exchange rate are short-term
As a result, the government's decision to easily postpone long-term strategic projects for short-term needs is a sign of an inconsistent government while worsening the investment climate.
"The government must look in a balanced way with the long-term outlook for electricity investment," he said
APLSI hopes that the investment climate in the electricity sector can be maintained by the government because, the electricity sector is also one of the economic drivers.
Currently APLSI still considers the government's decision to postpone the project only a temporary socialization. Moreover, until now there are no rules related to delays in electricity projects. Arthur is quite sure that the power plant projects will continue with the government according to PLN's Electricity Supply Business Plan (RUPTL).
"If the power plant project is delayed, it will affect the economy of the power plant project," he said