Local Opposition Stalls $4b Japanese Coal Plant in Indonesia
Completing the land purchase before October 6 will be very difficult, a Japanese government official said. Tokyo has fully backed the project as an example of infrastructure exports, which have been cited as a pillar of Japan’s growth strategy.power plant in the province. | KYOD
An aide to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also said completing the land purchase is almost impossible.
Bhimasena Power, which is partly owned by Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. and Japanese power generator Electric Power Development Co., said it will make utmost efforts to complete the land purchase.
The launch of construction has been delayed for a year due to the local opposition.
Tokyo plans to urge the Yudhoyono administration to issue a presidential decree to delay the deadline again. The Indonesian government has also supported the project as electricity demand has been growing fast amid rapid economic growth.
The landowners opposed to the project include residents concerned about the environmental impact, a group of Islamic clerics and people seeking to raise the purchase price for the land.