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Batang Toru Hydropower Project in Indonesia Halts Work Over Coronavirus

Power News - Published on Tue, 25 Feb 2020

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The Jakarta Post reported that the development of the Batang Toru hydropower plant PLTA in South Tapanuli regency in North Sumatra in Indonesia has been temporarily shut down as workers from mainland China are unable to fly to the country amid a travel ban implemented by the government over fears of the Covid-19 outbreak. The company that will operate the plant, PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy said it had suspended the construction project in August last year after Chinese technical workers from contractor Sinohydro were terminated because they were unable to properly carry out their duties.

PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy senior advisor Ms Emmy Hafild said the company had arranged for 125 replacement workers, but they were unable to reach the Batang Toru project site because of the travel ban. Ms Emmy told The Jakarta Post “We don’t know when the Batang Toru project can continue as it depends on when the government will lift the travel ban to and from mainland China.”

She said “The company had so far been working on tunnelling for the project, which was mainly handled by Chinese workers. Therefore the absence of Chinese workers had disrupted the current stage of construction. We hope to complete the Batang Toru project by 2022. But seeing the current conditions, we are certain that we will miss the target.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 25 Feb 2020
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