21 Dec 2017

More rural villages access electricity in West Papua

9:30 am on 21 December 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo was yesterday scheduled to declare 74 more villages in Papuan provinces as having access to electricity.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) arrives at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016.

Photo: AFP

Antara news reported the 74 villages are among 191 in the provinces supplied power by the state electricity company PLN.

It reported the PLN business director for Papua regions, Ahmad Rofik, had said the electrification is a special gift for people in remote villages.

Mr Rofik said the power supply cost US$11 million to establish and would benefit over 1000 families.

PLN's rural electricity development is one of the government's strategic programmes.

In the past two years it has increased the rate of rural electrification in Papua province from 22 to 29 percent, and in West Papua from 33 to 54 percent.