South African asset performance management specialist, Pragma (Pty) Ltd., has secured part of a US$7 million asset optimization project for Indonesian electricity utility PJB, a subsidiary of state-owned Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

Pragma says the two-year project involves the assessment of the current computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and work planning and control processes for the improvement of asset productivity, availability and utilization, and the effectiveness of energy conversion to relieve pressure on existing infrastructure.

According to Pragma, the utility supplies the main Indonesian island of Java with 16GW of electricity, roughly half of what is produced in South Africa by Eskom Enterprises (Pty) Ltd. Electricity is said to be in short supply on the island, where, as a result of growth rates in electricity consumption, demand is soon set to exceed supply. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country, with a population exceeding 230 million, of which up to 60 per cent lives on Java.

At present many of Indonesia’s rural and island communities and cooperatives are said to meet their own requirements, and are not connected to a network. However, the national electricity plan reportedly calls for 100 per cent of villages to be connected over the next two years, following the Indonesian government’s drive to promote regionally balanced economic development, including the provision of electricity, and to meet the country’s energy needs at lowest cost.

Pragma states that as part of a multinational team on the project, it will work with specialists from Indonesia, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. in a best-of-breed collaboration. It says the initial scope of the project covers three power stations, and, during the next five years, it could extend to all the utility’s remaining power stations.

Says Grahame Fogel, project manager and Pragma advisor: “The success of the project is critical for Indonesia’s economy. By effectively optimizing the performance of its existing power stations, Indonesia will avoid the crippling capital-intensive costs of building new stations to keep up with increasing demand.” Pragma reports that this is its second project on the Asian continent, after implementing the On Key asset management system at Kuala Lumpur Airport. South African asset performance management specialist, Pragma (Pty) Ltd., has secured part of a US$7 million asset optimization project for Indonesian electricity utility PJB, a subsidiary of state-owned Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

Pragma says the two-year project involves the assessment of the current computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and work planning and control processes for the improvement of asset productivity, availability and utilization, and the effectiveness of energy conversion to relieve pressure on existing infrastructure.

According to Pragma, the utility supplies the main Indonesian island of Java with 16GW of electricity, roughly half of what is produced in South Africa by Eskom Enterprises (Pty) Ltd. Electricity is said to be in short supply on the island, where, as a result of growth rates in electricity consumption, demand is soon set to exceed supply. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country, with a population exceeding 230 million, of which up to 60 per cent lives on Java.

At present many of Indonesia’s rural and island communities and cooperatives are said to meet their own requirements, and are not connected to a network. However, the national electricity plan reportedly calls for 100 per cent of villages to be connected over the next two years, following the Indonesian government’s drive to promote regionally balanced economic development, including the provision of electricity, and to meet the country’s energy needs at lowest cost.

Pragma states that as part of a multinational team on the project, it will work with specialists from Indonesia, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. in a best-of-breed collaboration. It says the initial scope of the project covers three power stations, and, during the next five years, it could extend to all the utility’s remaining power stations.

Says Grahame Fogel, project manager and Pragma advisor: “The success of the project is critical for Indonesia’s economy. By effectively optimizing the performance of its existing power stations, Indonesia will avoid the crippling capital-intensive costs of building new stations to keep up with increasing demand.” Pragma reports that this is its second project on the Asian continent, after implementing the On Key asset management system at Kuala Lumpur Airport.



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