Don't Trust Foreign Provocations: Accelerate the Construction of Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP)

14 March 2019


SUPPORT: A number of South Tapanuli residents asked the Medan Administrative Court to reject Forum for the Environment's lawsuit and ask the Chinese Consul General to ignore the campaign launched by it and hope that the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) will continue. 

MEDAN - A number of foreign institutions expressed various provocations in an effort to inhibit the construction of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP), South Tapanuli. The community was asked to ignore the provocation, and to focus on the fact that North Sumatra's interests were related to that energy. 

This rejection of foreign provocations was previously conveyed by Professor of the Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) Professor Yanto Santosa. The project is considered to have implemented mitigation to prevent forest destruction and preserve orangutans. 

"This country's development plan must not be regulated by other parties," Yanto said, stating that the construction of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) must continue.

A similar statement was also conveyed by Chairman of North Sumatra Regional Representatives of Commission A, Muhri Fauzi Hafis. He said the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) project should not be postponed again. This is because electricity needs are a very high part of supporting investors to invest in North Sumatra.

"Our need to have a hydropower plant with a large capacity is very urgent. It is always called our electricity supply overseas so that investors do not want to enter," he told reporters in Medan on Monday (3/11/2019).

The Democrat politician considers the Batang Toru hydropower project is one of the important projects initiated by the government to reduce electricity generation efforts by using fossil fuels such as fuel. Therefore, amidst various issues raised to prevent such development, the government must keep going.

"I think that the issue of orangutan conservation which is now always being raised, the government has also reviewed its conservation," he said.

Muhri said, currently there are also many parties who say electricity in North Sumatra is in a surplus condition. The data is not wrong, but it must be understood that one of the factors that made it was the power plant ship or Marine Vessel Power Plant (MVPP) from Turkey that was rented.

"It weighs on the state budget. So keep in mind also that if we continue to rent without thinking about the construction of a power plant, then of course it is not right," he said.

Thus, amidst various issues raised to stop the project, Muhri assessed that the government must continue to carry out the development process.


Various criticisms built by parties who want to derail the project can be considered as dynamics. An effort to ensure that no one has been harmed due to the development includes orangutan conservation issues. (Mm)






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