Kaltara akan miliki 4 bandara perintis (Air Transport)

Media Indonesia, 25 July, 2017

Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has confirmed it will build four pioneer airports in North Kalimantan (Kaltara). The locations chosen for the construction are Long Bawang, Long Apung, Long Layu, and the central part of Malinau.

“This is to support accessibility in the region because their area cannot be reached by road,” said Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, after a meeting with the Governor of Kaltara, Irianto Lambrie, at Ministry of Transportation Building, Jakarta, Monday (24 July).

The investment value for the airports is estimated at around Rp 100 billion. The airport construction will use the state budget (APBN). It could probably, he continued, use the funds in the 2017 Revised State Revenue and Expenditure Budget (APBNP) or the 2018 State Budget (APBN).

According to Budi, the private sector usually does not want to build any pioneer airports because the revenue from the construction of a pioneer airport is small. In addition to building the four pioneer airports, according to the plan, an international-class port will also be built in Tanjung Selor.

“Later, from the existing port, we will move to Tanjung Selor, Nunukan, which has a deeper pool. However, the construction will take three years and it will only start next year because it is now being planned.”

Investment prospect
With the construction of a number of infrastructure, Budi is optimistic that the flow of development and investments will increasingly move swiftly into the province bordering with Malaysia.

Similarly, Kaltara Governor, Irianto Lambrie, said that infrastructure adequacy is expected to attract more investments, particularly related to the 25 thousand ha industrial estate project.

“Kaltara is very prospective for investment because it is supported by its very rich natural resources We have coal, gold, oil and gas, and many rivers for electricity generation purposes. Presently, there are some investors related to hydroelectric plant (PLTA) and steam power plant (PLTU) projects, as well as coal,” he said.

According to him, Kaltara is a new province that has a large territorial area, with a small population but big potential for investment and with the support of substantial natural resources. The 25,000-ha area has been included in Perpres [Presidential Regulation] No. 58 as a national strategic project. The area will be developed into smelter, coal and oleochemical industrial zones.

“We are currently in intensive discussion, having met twice, with a Chinese investor, Shinsan Group, which has already built an industrial estate in Morowali. They will also invest in Kaltara; they make use of the first phase PLTU of 1,000 MW capacity; we are preparing a land area of 25 thousand hectares that has been incorporated in the RTRW [Regional Spatial Layout Plan] in Tanah Kuning,” he explained.

Kaltara has also started to build a very large hydropower plant (PLTA) in Kayan. Currently, the first dam of 900 MW has started to be built. Overall, within the next 25 years, some 9,000 ME will be produced from four to five dams to be built.

“Next, Hyundai from South Korea is conducting a feasibility study for building a 400 – 500 MW PLTA in Malinau, as well as Sarawak Energi Berhad with 1,300 MW. Kalimantan Electricity will build 7,000 MW, but it will take more than 20 years; those are the big plans, so that the acceleration of development in the peripheries, in line with Nawa Cita [Nine Primary Agendas] can be realized in five years,” he concluded. (Ant/E-4)

source : pwc.com