Bangko Tengah (SS-8) power station

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Bangko Tengah (SS-8) power station, also known as South Sumatra 8 or Sumsel-8 is a proposed 1,200 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in in South Sumatra, Indonesia.


The map below shows the location of Bangko Tengah, South Sumatra, the approximate location where the plant will be built.

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In 2009, the Environmental Defense Fund reported that the plant comprises four 600 MW generating units.[1] According to a 2011 report, PT Bukit Asam Tbk (PTBA), a major coal mining company, won the bid to build the first two units of the Bangko Tengah mine-mouth coal plant in Tanjung Enim, South Sumatra. Construction was scheduled to begin in late 2012. The first unit of the plant is projected to operate June 2016, followed by unit 2 in September of the same year. The plant will be built by Bukit Asam with China Huadian Corporation. Bukit Asam has 45 percent stake while China Huadian has 55 percent.[2]

According to a November 2013 report, the project backers were still seeking funding for the project, which was expected to cost US$1.59 billion. Representatives of Bukit Asam said that they were exploring a loan from a bank in China.[3]

As of April 2014, PLN's long-range plan through 2022 called for 3000 MW of power in the 2018/19 timeframe from "Sumsel-8,9,10." Since Sumsel 9, i.e. Mulut Tambang (SS-9) power station, is 1200 MW, this suggests that Bangko Tengah is being conceived of as a 1200 MW power station rather than a 2400 MW power station. [4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: China Huadian Indonesia 55%; Bukit Asam 45%
  • Parent company: China Huadian Group Corp.
  • Location: Bangko Tengah, South Sumatra
  • Coordinates: -0.589724, 101.3431058 (approximate)
  • Status: Units 1 and 2: Permitted
  • Gross Capacity: 2 x 600 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: Units 1 and 2: 2017/18[4]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  2. Nurseffi Dwi Wahyuni "Bukit Asam Builds US 1.59 B Bangko Power Plant," Finance Today, December 12, 2011
  3. "Bukt Asam Seeks Funding US$1.2 billion,", November 28, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 “PLN Long Term Electricity Plan (2013-2023),” presentation by Moch. Sofyan, Head of New & Renewable Division of PT PLN (Persero), 06 March 2014

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