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Indonesian submarine cable project to share power between 2 islands


Indonesia's PT. PLN (PLN), the nation's national power company, has awarded ISCAS Corporation a contract  involving three local companies to run a 150kV high-voltage, optical fiber composite submarine cable between Batam and Bintan islands.

A press release said that the goal of the project, worth an estimated US$35 million, is to deliver surplus power generated in Batam—located within the Riau Islands of northern Indonesia—to Bintan, a nearby island known as a resort destination that is also undergoing industrialization.

A joint corporation of the power business divisions of Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and Fujikura Ltd., VISCAS manufactures underground power cables, overhead power supply lines and power distribution cables for domestic and overseas use. The release said that VISCAS will deliver a 150kV triplex, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulated cable that includes an optical fiber cable. The release said that "VISCAS has already contributed to developing power supply networks with submarine cables within the nation, and we believe that this latest contract is the result of the high acclaim achieved through VISCAS' experience in supplying high-voltage submarine power cables and its ability to execute projects."

The release noted that the Republic of Indonesia is currently sustaining economic growth at an annual rate of over 6%, and is enhancing its power facilities owing to vigorous demand for power. "As one of the world's largest island nations, Indonesia also has multiple plans to connect its islands with submarine cables." ASEAN nations, the release said, are also planning a project to run power supply lines throughout their member states with the aim of achieving mutual power collaboration, which includes within its vision the construction of a power line between Batam and Singapore using submarine power cables.

Per Wikipedia, Batam is a small (45km x 25km) Batam is an island, municipality, and the largest city (on the island) in Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, while Bintan, is the largest among the 3,200 islands of Riau Archipelago and is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the Batam Island.

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