Electrification Project for Gili Trawanagan Group of Islands Near Lombok Now on Hold
The State News Agency Antara reports that plans to lay an undersea power line from Lombok to the popular tourist Trawanagan island group has been suspended on the orders of the West Nusa Tenggara province (NTB).
The power line project was first commenced in 2011.
Head of the NTB Mining and Energy Agency Eko Bambang Sutedjo said, “The suspension is aimed for coordination with the marine conservation area.”
The suspension is the result of concerns that the power line may be putting three reef areas of a national conservation area under an unspecified environmental threat.
Eko explained that the State Power Board (PLN), who is laying the power line, is compelled to follow the laws and obtain special permission before resuming construction in the sensitive environmental zone.
PLN is trying to help meet the present and future power requirements of the local residents and tourist companies located at Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Meno Reef by installing 10 megawatts of additional power generation.
The value of the PLN project is put at Rp. 20 billion (US$2.15 million).