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Indonesia suspends coal exports to secure domestic power supply

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Bloomberg1/2/2022 9:29 PM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Indonesia suspends coal exports to secure domestic power supply
The month-long halt is needed to prevent shutdowns at about 20 local power plants
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Indonesia, one of the world’s top exporters of thermal coal, is pausing exports of the fuel in January to secure dwindling supplies for domestic power plants.

The month-long halt is needed to prevent shutdowns at about 20 power plants in Java, Madura, Bali and other regions, the energy and mineral resources ministry said in a statement posted on its website. The lack of supply could have affected 10 million residential and industry customers and a decision on when to resume exports could come next week.

“When coal supply to power plants are fulfilled then all return to normal, exports will resume. We will evaluate everything after January 5,” Ridwan Djamaluddin, director general of minerals and coal, said in the statement. Out of 5.1 million tons of coal supply to power plants assigned by the government, only 35,000 tons or less than 1% were delivered as of Jan. 1.

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