Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment “We must be able to show to the world that Indonesia is a developed country, one able to manage its waste”

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Bambang Brodjonegoro, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Arief R. Wismansyah, Jacques Assouline
From left : Bambang Brodjonegoro, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Arief R. Wismansyah, Jacques Assouline. Photo: ROOSYUDHI PRIANTO/IO

Tangerang, IO – The realization of investment in the field of waste management with environmentally-friendly technology has officially been implemented, between PT Oligo Infra Swarna Nusantara (Oligo) and the Tangerang City Government, represented by Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wismansyah and witnessed by Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan on Wednesday, 9 March 2022. This was achieved after a comprehensive process undertaken by all stakeholders, and also through public outreach, positively welcomed by the people of the city of Tangerang. 

The Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenkomarvest) is committed to accelerate the mandate of Presidential Regulation No. 35 of 2018, regarding the acceleration of construction of Waste-to-Electrical Energy Installations Based on Environmentally Friendly Technology (PSEL), focusing on 12 major cities in Indonesia. In his remarks, Coordinating Minister Luhut also said that the Central Government fully supports the Regional Government in its quest to achieve environmentally-sound urban development, and that all stakeholders must be united to deal with this waste problem so as to have a positive impact for the environment, the people, and the economy. 

“The issue of waste has long been an unresolved problem and it remains so to this day. Waste has become a general problem; today waste cannot be properly because there are no shelters and management. There are shelters but because the management isn’t optimal, it becomes overloaded,” explained Coordinating Minister Luhut. 

President Director of PT Oligo Infra Swarna Nusantara, Jacques Assouline, expressed his highest commendation to the Central Government, in particular to the Coordinating Ministries of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Tangerang City Government, and DPRD of Tangerang City, who have all supported the investment cooperation discussion process so that this signing can run smoothly. The signing of the cooperative agreement was carried out between Tangerang City Government, represented by the mayor of Tangerang, Arief R. Wismansyah, and PT Oligo Infra Swarna Nusantara, represented by President Director Jacques Assouline. 

Jacques also explained that Oligo’s investment value to Tangerang City’s PSEL amounts to Rp. 2.585 trillion or USD 184.65 million (Rp. 14,500/USD). This investment value also proves that Indonesia has succeeded in becoming an investor-friendly country and that it is committed to increasing the quality of public health through improving the management of solid waste. 

“Oligo is committed to grow and keep serving the people of Indonesia, especially in Tangerang City, and also committed to fully become a part of Indonesia’s sustainable waste management, through the development of environmentally-friendly facilities,” Jacques explained. 

Mayor of Tangerang Arief R. Wismansyah said that Rawa Kucing landfill, whose location is close to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport as the gateway to Indonesia (from abroad), must be handled properly so as not to create a poor impression. 

“Thank you to the Central Government for the support, given limitations of the regional government such as human resources, overlapping regulations; we will thus need constant assistance from the Central Government in completing this PSEL, from regulatory assistance to funding assistance.” 

The existence of PSEL in a major Indonesian city like Tangerang will have a positive impact from the perspective of the volume reduction of waste which has been piling up and creating a waste emergency in many cities across the nation. The PSEL will reduce the need for land for landfills, reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, and create FABA (Fly Ash and Bottom Ash) that can be utilized, through waste-to-electricity management. 

One location of Tangerang City PSEL will be at Rawa Kucing landfill, only 1.3 km away from the airport fence and with building height restrictions applied in the entire administrative area of Tangerang City, included in the Aviation Safety and Operations Area (KKOP) of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Hence, this project will be developed in two locations, namely the Rawa Kucing Landfill and Jatiuwung. 

A waste management system that produces Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and biological treatment facilities with heat and electricity generating units from biogas will be built in Rawa Kucing. The capacity of waste processing in Rawa Kucing landfill can reach 2200 tons per day and has the potential to generate up to 13.5 MW of electrical power. The RDF produced in Rawa Kucing will be used as fuel for the second thermal power plant at the second location, Jatiuwung, which can generate electricity up to 25 MW. 

Bambang Brodjonegoro, President Commissioner of PT Oligo Infra Swarna Nusantara, said that Indonesia has to be able to move forward from traditional waste management habits. Adaptation by regional heads is the key to success, through a series of technologies to choose from, one of which being PSEL, part of a “circular economy” implementation. With just this one activity, the government, as well as the people can achieve several goals, namely, cleanliness of the environment, utilization of waste materials for energy supply, and reduction of fossil fuel consumption. 

“Economic activities that have been linear so far, where the waste is not managed and becomes a burden, needs to have a productive disruption with a circular economy where the waste that arises from economic activities will be reprocessed and become a productive added value, such as energy,” explained Bambang. 

In closing, Coordinating Minister Luhut also emphasized that to overcome the waste problem, every party involved must be united and cooperate well to be able to build a sustainable environment. 

“We must be able to show to the world that Indonesia is a developed country and is able to manage its waste. I entrust the Regional Leaders and DPRD with the responsibility to work hand in hand to make the people prosper and can enjoy cleanliness,” concluded Coordinating Minister Luhut. (*/rp)