Coal power plant tests Indonesia's commitment to fight climate change

The construction site of the Jawa 9 & 10 power plant in Banten province, west of Jakarta.PHOTO: MELVINAS PRIANANDA/MARKET FORCES

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA - A consortium led by Indonesia's state electricity firm PLN is pushing ahead with the construction of a controversial coal-fired power plant near Jakarta that analysts say is not needed, will be underused and will likely prove a heavy financial burden for the national government.

The US$3.7 billion (S$4.9 billion) Jawa 9 & 10 complex also challenges the government's commitment to fight climate change because it will lock in additional coal use and add millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

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