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Walhi Reveals the Irony of the Nickel Industry in Sulawesi

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Walhi Reveals the Irony of the Nickel Industry in Sulawesi
Coal-fired power plant to supply electricity at nickel smelter

Jakarta, Timerilis.com – The nickel industry in Sulawesi prioritizes coal-fired power plants (PLTU), according to WALHI Sulsel. More than half of Indonesia’s captive power plants (PLTU Captive) are located there. This information is disclosed in the latest report from the Sustainable Sulawesi Alliance on ecological damage and social impacts.

Muhammad Al Amin, Executive Director of WALHI Sulsel, emphasizes the importance of the environment and the local community. “We demand a halt to the damage caused by PLTU Captive,” he asserts.

The report mentions a power generation capacity of 5.6 GW in Sulawesi. These power plants bring about human rights violations and local health issues.

Central and Southeast Sulawesi are facing damage from PLTU Captive. The community is losing its right to a clean environment and livelihood due to pollution.

Despite President Jokowi’s commitment to decarbonization, 13 PLTU units are still being constructed with a capacity of 4.3 GW. This indicates that Indonesia’s industrialization is still reliant on coal.

Ahmad Ashov Birry, Director of Campaigns at Trend Asia, highlights the chaos in the governance of this industry. “This could hinder a fair energy transition and become a new curse for Indonesia,” says Ahmad.

He also draws attention to corruption scandals involving high-ranking officials and issues of illegal nickel exports. “Indonesia needs improvement, and importing countries should support rather than exploit,” adds Ahmad.