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ASEAN Power Grid Project To Benefit Indonesia’s Small Islands

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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia believes the implementation of the planned ASEAN Power Grid (APG) is able to provide benefits to the republic’s 10,000 small islands which have yet to receive electricity supply comprehensively.

Director General, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia, Jarman said hence Indonesia fully supports the initiative which would be able to create an energy sharing mechanism for distribution to areas that require electricity.

“This power sharing will not only help but also fulfil the basic needs of residents and enable to drive the economy.

“At present, we estimate that there are over 10,000 small islands that do not have electricity supply, hence the implementation of the APG could help distribute power supply to these areas,” he said.

He said this to reporters when met after the launch of the 33rd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili here Wednesday.

Jarman said Indonesia believed it was important that the APG is developed together among the ASEAN members as the project would become a power-sharing system that is able to bring benefits to all parties.

He said this interesting and unique sharing would enable ASEAN members to communicate and assist if a member has surplus or lack of electricity resources in the future.

Malaysia and Indonesia’s relations in terms of energy sharing and business is now at the best level and should be continued, he added.

AMEM 2015 is a platform to foster greater cooperation on energy initiative in ASEAN through the involvement of dialogue partners as well as international energy agencies.

The meetings are being attended by delegates from 10 ASEAN member states, ASEAN dialogue partners and relevant parties.

— BERNAMA

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