National Energy Board Prepares Energy Emergency Draft

Rabu, 30 Januari 2013 | 08:49

National Energy Board (DEN) prepared the draft for energy emergency and crisis mitigation countermeasures to be submitted to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) as DEN ChairmanDEN Executive Chairman Jero Wacik said the board has finished the draft on energy crisis mitigation in by calculating minimum demand and the current supply.

“We have finished the draft related to energy crisis mitigation. It’s good since vast country such as Indonesia with large energy demand should have a energy crisis mitigation scheme, and we will submit the draft to the President as DEN Chairman,” he said at Energy and Mineral Resources Office, Tuesday (1/29).

Jero said the mitigation measure really depends on the situation that led to the energy crisis. Such countermeasure will be based on energy demand, current energy supply, and alternatives to supply energy in the area in the area which struck by energy crisis.

For example, he said the floods that hit Jakarta had raised energy emergency due inundation of several electrical substations which resulting in impaired oil distribution and power outages. It caused the government have to calculate the energy demand in Jakarta, the amount of distributable energy, and areas that could supply energy to Jakarta.

“Luckily, the energy demand in Jakarta was only 60% since people were rarely doing activities due to the flood, while the distributable energy were 70% in normal condition,” he explained.

Such countermeasure draft will be discussed with the President and then passed into the national energy crisis countermeasures and can be applied to the entire regions.

The energy security issue still becomes a chore for the government. Indonesia only has fuel reserves for 20 days, while other countries such as Japan and South Korea already have fuel reserves for 90 days and can be used in case of emergency such as in natural disasters.

Currently, the government continues to encourage the use of new and renewable energy to reduce fossil energy consumption. Thus, it’s expected that there will be no energy crisis in the future due to decreased fossil fuel reserves. (aph)

by Lili Sunardi, Hadijah Alaydrus