A massive project is the Kayan Hydropower Plant, which is still in the early phases and will take potentially 20 years due to its size. There are five hydroelectric dams proposed with a total energy capacity of 9,000 MW, or 9 GW. To put that in perspective, Indonesia had 72.8 GW capacity in 2020, so adding 9 would be a 12% increase.
As for the progress of the project, Khaerony, Director of Operations of PT Kayan Hydro Energy said on August 11th, 2022 that the construction of the road for the plant was about 30% complete. The upcoming plans are to complete the road within the next six months and continue construction of the dam once materials can be transported there.
Khaerony went on to talk about how citizens feel about the project, saying “In general, the support of local residents for the Kayan Dam construction is quite good.” The reason for the support, at least partially, would include access to new job opportunities and cheaper, more reliable energy. The project will cost almost $18 billion, which China is supplying the majority of, but what China is not doing the vast majority of is work. Local contractors and workers are intentionally being used on the project to support Indonesians.