PT Bhimasena Power Indonesia has started construction on a $4bn 2GW coal-fired power plant in Batang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy holds a 34 per cent stake in the joint venture while two Japanese companJoko Widodoies Itochu and Electric Power Development own 32 and 34 per cent stakes respectively.

The high-efficiency power plant is expected to start operations by the end of 2018. It will supply enough energy to meet the power needs of Java and Bali.

Despite some local opposition, Indonesia President Joko Widodo said: “This should be a model for [future projects] and we are optimistic that problems hindering investment can be cleared.”

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