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Power stations stopped working JAKARTA - The coal-fired Paiton power plant in East Java stopped generating electricity and two units at the Suralaya power plant were affected, said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Power generation dropped by 5,000 megawatts to about 8,000 megawatts because of the fault, Widiono said.

Companies such as PT Semen Gresik, Indonesia's biggest cement maker, and PT Gudang Garam, Indonesia's largest cigarette maker, are based on Java, an island the size of Greece with a population of about 114 million. Most companies in Jakarta, including the Jakarta Stock Exchange, can continue operations during blackouts.

``The stock exchange has a back-up power system, which automatically starts in case of a power failure,'' said Yose Rizal, head of the monitoring division at the exchange. The operations of PT Lippo Karawaci, Indonesia's biggest publicly traded real estate developer, continued because it also has ``a back-up system,'' said Danang Kemayan Jati, corporate communications director at Lippo Karawaci.

Indonesia has a shortage of capacity because the state utility lacks funds to build plants. The company needs $16 billion over 10 years to help avoid blackouts, Perusahaan Listrik's President Director Eddie Widiono said on Dec. 14.

Indonesia invited bids at the end of August for the construction of a $600 million coal-fired power plant in Cirebon, West Java. The plant will have a capacity of 600 megawatts and is expected to start operating in 2009, Director General of Electricity Yogo Pratomo told reporters in Jakarta on Aug. 3. The successful bidder will build the plant and sell the power to the state utility.


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