Two Indonesian villages have sent representatives to Japan to convey their objections to a planned 2000 MW, $4bn coal-fired power plant, Greenpeace Indonesia has announced.
The plant (pictured) will be fuelled by Indonesian sub-bituminous coal and will use ultra-supercritical technology, which Japan aims to export to Indonesia.
The villagers, named as Roidi and Taryun in Greenpeace’s statement, are residents of Karanggeneng and Ponowareng in the Central Java district of Batang. They are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC), the lead financing body for what is set to be Southeast Asia’s largest coal power facility.
In addition, the villagers will meet with officials at Japan’s finance ministry and ministry of economy, trade and industry. They will also meet with energy firm Itochu (which holds a 32 per cent stake in the project) and utility J-Power (34 per cent).
“We want to express our refusal directly to the responsible parties, Japan’s Ministry of Finance, and the key companies Itochu and J-Power,” Roidi said. “After fruitless attempts in Central Java’s Batang and Semarang, and in the capital Jakarta, we hope our journey to Japan can ensure the cancellation of the power plant construction in our villages.”
The villagers were invited to Japan by environmental groups including Friends of the Earth (FoE) Japan and NINDJA (Network for Indonesian Democracy Japan).
The plant is planned to come online by 2016 but has had several major delays, while local protests against its potential health, environmental and economic impacts have spread to Jakarta. Most recently, in July plant operator Bhimasena Power Indonesia declared force majeure due to problems in acquiring the necessary land, although it said it is committed to continuing the project.