Jakarta (Greeners) – As one of the largest waste contributors with 8,000 tons per day, DKI Jakarta will start to built waste to energy power plant in Sunter, North Jakarta, in December 2018, said a senior official in Jakarta, on Monday (17/09/2018).
The intermediate treatment facility, as it dubbed, was initiated since 2009.
Isnawa Adji, head of DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency, said that the ITF Sunter project is a collaboration between PT Jakarta Propertindo, the city owned company, and Fortum, a Finland state-owned organization focusing in clean energy.
“ITF development will start on December 2018, working with Fortum Finland, and Jakpro will speed up the process. It will run at least 18 to 24 months and expected to be fully operating in January 2019,” said Adji to Greeners.
Furthermore, he said that Jakarta’s waste volume is high, predicted between 7,000 to 8,000 tons per day, hence, it would pose another environmental problems if only rely on landfill, such as Bantargebang which had already exceeded its maximum capacity.
“ITF Sunter can only manage 2,200 tons per days. With 8,000 tons, the rests would have to go to Bantargebang, which would reach its maximum at least in four years,” he said. “So, we are planning to built three or fouITFs to anticipate reaching more than 8,000 tons per day.”
Nevertheless, he said that they had yet to determine the locations of the four ITFs. “Because, we need to select areas that are located in industrial zone with a minimum of 3.5 hectares. Full investment and clean and clear lands,” he said.
Director of Waste, Toxic, and Hazardous Waste, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, said that the ministry will help to settle the tipping fee issue which could reach up to Rp500,000 per tons per day.
“[Jakarta] administration would probably having difficulties with that numbers, so we will purpose grants to Ministry of Finance under our recommendation,” said Ratnawati.
Based on the 2018 Presidential Regulation about waste to energy power plant, DKI Jakarta is one of 12 locations to develop the facility. The other locations are Palembang, Tangerang, Tangerang Selatan, Jawa Barat, Bekasi, Semarang, Surakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar, and Manado.
Reports by Dewi Purningsih