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Bangko Tengah (SS-8) power station, also known as South Sumatra 8 or Sumsel-8, is a proposed 1,200 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station near the Tanjung Enim coal mine in South Sumatra Province, Indonesia.


The map below shows the location of the Tanjung Enim open-pit coal mine, in Muara Lenim and Lahat Regencies, South Sumatra Province. The Bangko Tengah plant would be a mine-to-mouth plant, and would thus be located near the mine.

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Bangko Tengah is a proposed four-unit, 2,640-MW mine-mouth coal-fired power plant, to be located near the Tanjung Enim open-pit coal mine in South Sumatra Province.

Phase I

In December 2011, PT Bukit Asam Tbk (PTBA), a state-owned coal mining company, announced plans to build the first two 660-MW units of the Bangko Tengah mine-mouth coal plant in Tanjung Enim, South Sumatra. The plant will be built by Bukit Asam with China Huadian Corporation; Bukit Asam has a 45% stake while China Huadian has 55%. Construction was scheduled to begin in late 2012. The first unit of the plant was projected to operate June 2016, followed by unit 2 in September 2016.[1][2]

According to a November 2013 report, the project backers were still seeking funding for the Phase I project, which was expected to cost US$1.59 billion. Representatives of Bukit Asam said that they were exploring a loan from a bank in China.[3]

In 2014, PTBA stated that the Phase I project was in the final stages of financial closing, with financing expected to be finalized by the end of 2014. Construction would begin in 2015, and would last 36 months, with completion in 2018.[4][5]

In March 2015, PTBA announced that it planned to sign the final cooperation agreement for the plant's construction in China by the end of the month. President Joko Widodo would accompany company representatives to China for the signing.[6]

On March 27, 2015 Bukit Asam announced that it had finalised the terms for a $1.2 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China. The company stated that it has entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement with PLN, Indonesia's state-owned electricity company with Bukit Asam to supply 5.4 million tons of coal to Huadian Bukit Asam. Nikkei Asian Review reported that the loan would run for ten years, with a grace period of 45 months. With the loan covering 75% of the estimated $1.59 billion project, the balance of the costs are to be funded via equity. In its media release Bukit Asam stated that it is aiming to have the finances in place by the end of 2015 with construction to commence early in 2016. The plant has a target commissioning date of mid-2019.[7] [8]

Phase II

The project has frequently been mentioned as a two-stage project, with two additional 660-MW coal-fired units being built at a later date.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: China Huadian Indonesia 55%; PT Bukit Asam Tbk (PTBA) 45%
  • Parent company: China Huadian, Bukit Asam
  • Location: Tanjung Enim open-pit coal mine, Muara Lenim or Lahat Regencies, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: -3.734, 103.759 (approximate)
  • Status: Permitted (Units 1 & 2)
  • Gross Capacity: 2,640 MW (Units 1-4: 660 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: Units 1 & 2: mid-2019[7]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Tanjung Enim mine
  • Source of financing: Export-Import Bank of China[7]

Articles and resources


  1. Nurseffi Dwi Wahyuni, "Bukit Asam Builds US 1.59 B Bangko Power Plant," Finance Today, December 12, 2011
  2. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  3. "Bukt Asam Seeks Funding US$1.2 billion,", November 28, 2013
  4. Proyek PLTU Banko Tengah Masuki Tahap Financial Closure, Energi Today, 23 July 2014.
  5. Hiski Darmayana, Pembangunan PLTU Banko Tengah Dimulai 2015, Bloomberg Businessweek Indonesia, 4 Apr. 2014.
  6. Bukit Asam Gandeng Asing Bangun PLTU di Sumsel], Republika, 19 Mar. 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Waturu Suzuki, "Indonesian coal producer gets $1.2B loan from China", Nikkei Asian Review, March 28, 2015.
  8. PT Bukit Asam, "PTBA Signed US $ 1,2 Billion Loan Agrement for PLTU Sumsel 8 Instalation", Media Release, March 27, 2019. (Pdf - in Indonesian)

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