Construction of the first and long-awaited incinerator in Jakarta will begin next week, an official has said.
The project, which will be developed in Sunter, North Jakarta, is widely known as an intermediate treatment facility (ITF). City-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) is responsible for the facility’s construction, along with Finnish energy companies Fortum Power and Heat Oy.
“According to a statement from the Jakarta Environment Agency, the groundbreaking is slated for Dec. 20,” Jakpro corporate secretary Hani Sumarno told kompas.com on Sunday, adding that Governor Anies Baswedan had been scheduled to attend the event.
The project is expected to be completed in two years.
The facility is deemed urgently needed as Jakarta, home to some 10 million people, produces around 7,000 tons of waste every day. The project is expected to turn some 2,200 tons of waste into 35 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
Currently, waste produced in the city is disposed of at the Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, which is estimated to reach full capacity in five years.
The central government had tried to accelerate the application of waste-to-energy technology in seven cities (Jakarta, Bandung, Makassar, Surabaya, Semarang, Surakarta and Tangerang) by issuing Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 18/2016 on the acceleration of the development of waste-based power plants.
However, this regulation was later annulled by the Supreme Court, following a challenge by various civil groups that argued incinerators were dangerous for the environment.
Hani said an Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal) for the project had been prepared by the city’s environment agency and would only need to be legalized. (fac)