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26 Feb 2022

Trend Asia (Indonesia)

Indonesia: New coal project on Obi Island contradicts China's climate commitment, activists say

"The construction of a new CPP on Obi Island is Proof that China is not serious about their climate commitment" 26 February 2022

China Energy Construction Cooperation, Tianjin Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd., has won the tender for the Coal Power Plant (CPP) project on Obi Island, South Halmahera Regency, North Maluku. This project was invested with Ningbo Lygend Resources Technology and Indonesia Harita Group.

The coal-fired power plant project with a capacity of 4×380 MW is build to support the laterite nickel ore smelter project which is also located on Obi Island. The first phase of the project includes the construction and installation of the system. The target is that the CPP is claimed to supply energy sources for the development of nickel smelters as raw materials for the battery industry.

Andri Prasetiyo, Researcher and Program Manager of Trend Asia, said the project, which has involvement with China, is the first CPP construction contract after President Xi Jinping’s statement about the climate commitment that China will stop the construction of CPP  overseas in September 2021.

“Xi Jinping’s promise in his delivered  speech to the UN General Assembly is in accordance with his actions. The construction of this project clearly shows that China, as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is not serious and consistent in implementing its latest climate commitments,” he said.