(EnergyAsia, November 8 2012, Thursday) — An international consortium led by Japananese trading house Marubeni has started commercial operation of a 660MW Cirebon coal-fired power plant on Indonesia’s Java Island.

The US$850-million plant in West Java will supply electricity to Bali and Java for 30 years, said Marubeni, which owns a 32.5% stake in the company PT Cirebon Electric Power (CEP). Its main partners include Korea Midland Power (27.5%), South Korea-based Samtan (20%), and Indonesia’s publicly listed Indika Energy, which owns an undisclosed minority stake.

PT PLN, Indonesia’s state utility, has agreed to pay a price of 4.43 US cents per kWh for the electricity.

Marubeni said the plant will use the latest supercritical technology noted for producing electricity with minimum level of carbon emissions and at a high rate of efficiency compared to the traditional sub-critical technology.

The plant was officially launched last month at an event attended by the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik, the Minister of Investment Coordinating Board Chatib Basri, PLN’s President Nur Pamuji and other government officials and business people.