According to ADB Energy Specialist SohailHasnie, the line will link the province with the Malaysian state ofSarawak, bringing a power network that crosses the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) onestep closer.
Thanks to the project, the cost of power in WestKalimantan could drop to 0.18 USD per kWh from the current 0.25 USD,while carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-based power generationcould be cut by 400,000 tonnes each year by 2020.
Work will soonbegin on a 145-kilometre transmission line and a new transformer stationto improve the reliability of power in West Kalimantan . An 83 km highvoltage cross-border transmission line will then be constructed toconnect the grid with Sarawak .
The interconnection project willhelp save Indonesia ’s Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) an estimated100 million USD every year and lessen its reliance on fossil fuels.
In addition to its 49.5 million USD loan to the project, ADB willalso administer a 49.5 million USD loan provided by the FrenchDevelopment Agency and a grant of 2 million USD from the Multi-DonorClean Energy Fund as well.
ADB is currently preparing a second loanproject to finance the transmission line of the Malaysia side. BothIndonesia and Malaysian have agreed to complete the construction byDecember 2014 and power flow will begin from January 1, 2015.-VNA