New power plant starts operating in Timor-Leste enclave

24 November 2015

The new Sacato power station in Timor-Leste (East Timor), is now supplying power to the entire enclave, said the chairman of the Special Administrative Region Authority of Oecussi Ambeno and the Special Social Economy Market Zones of Timor-Leste (ZEESM ).

Mari Alkatiri also wrote on his Facebook page that “in 2016 we will move ahead with a combined cycle power plant” to produce enough energy “to proceed with the development of the Timor-Leste ZEESM.”

Portuguese news agency Lusa cited Arsénio Bano, of the ZEESM steering committee as saying that construction of the power plant began in February. It has an installed capacity of 17 megawatts and cost US$37 million.

Construction of the plant was awarded to PT Wartsila Indonesia, a subsidiary of Finnish company Wartsila, which on 13 November signed an operating and maintenance contract for five years with the ZEESM.

After this agreement, Bano said the ZEESM would consider whether to renew the concession with Wartsila, which will now train Timorese teams, or to hand over management to another company.

The Oecussi Ambeno enclave this week hosts the ceremonies of the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of independence of Timor-Leste and the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese in the territory. (macauhub/TL)