Subsea Routes gets a headon from Indonesia: begins to move forward


The undersea cable route around the archipelago has been approved by Indonesia, bringing a large-scale Australian solar project that promises to supply up to 15% of Singapore’s electricity demands one step closer to reality. The Sun Cable project, at A$30 billion (S$29.5 billion), aims to bring renewable energy to Singapore via a 4,200-kilometer cable from Darwin, Australia’s Northern Territory.
Sun Cable said on Thursday (September 23) that the Indonesian government has consented to the route for the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables and had issued a licence for subsea studies in Indonesian seas to map the undersea path to Singapore.
“The Indonesian government took a long time and put in a lot of effort to find the best path for the cables, and it finally happened. That implies we’ll be able to do the subsea study “David Griffin, president and CEO of Sun Cable. According to him, the 740-kilometer underwater survey for the cables’ path across Australian seas is already complete. As part of the Australia-Asia PowerLink project, Sun Cable would spend US$2.5 billion (S$3.4 billion) in Indonesia.
Indonesia will not get renewable energy from the firm directly. However, it has committed to a one-billion-dollar direct investment in equipment and services, as well as a further US$1.5 billion in operational spending during the project’s lifetime, such as the establishment of a maritime repair station.
“We anticipate this project to have a long-term influence on our economy through different procurement programmes that would help the sector and government income,” Indonesia’s coordinating minister of marine and investment, Luhut Panjaitan, told Agence France-Presse in Jakarta on Thursday.


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