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NSHE is COMMITTED to PRESERVE THE ORANGUTAN ECOSYSTEM AND ITS HABITAT

Sumut Pos
25 February 2019

Oleh : Sumut pos Feb,22,2019

https://sumutpos.co/2019/02/22/plta-batangtoru-di-apl-bukan-hutan-pt-nshe-komit-lestarikan-ekosistem-dan-habitat-orangutan/

Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) on APL, Not Forest

Indeed, the presence of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) to support the government program to build 35,000 MW until 2022. Inside supporting this effort, Batangtoru Hydropower is willing to invest US $ 1, 6 billion or around 20 trillion rupiahs more. But not yet this project is fully implemented, the issue of environmental destruction has been rolled out by a number of NGOs.

 SENIOR Executive for External Relations of North Sumatra Hydro Energy, Taufick acknowledged, during this time there had been a clogging of public information flows which often caused multiple interpretations in the community. "We are present with new and renewable energy, which is utilizing the Batangtoru river water," Firman said when visiting the SumutPos Daily office on Sisingamangaraja Road KM 8.2 Number 134 Medan Amplas, on Thursday (2/21) evening.

 According to him, with the new renewable energy, his party also supports the government's target of supporting 23 percent of new energy in 2025. The presence of this Hydropower is also a very important actor for North Sumatra, Indonesia and the world. Because the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) will reduce the role of the diesel power plant (PLTD). "The choice for Hydropower, because it is cleaner and more sustainable. Because the presence of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) will support the reduction of national carbon emissions

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"The choice for Hydropower, because it is cleaner and more sustainable." 

TAUFICK

Senior Executive for External Relations of North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE)

Our project will contribute carbon emissions reduction of 1.6 to 2.2MTon/year or as much as 4 percent of the national target, "said Firman who came to the Sumut Pos editorial office along with Hamans Mans as Research and MediaRelations Director of InterMatrix Communications, NSHE Communication Consultant. Firman also explained, the progress of the development of Batangtoru Hydropower is still around 30 percent, which is still in the road construction phase, and in the construction of the Batangtoru Hydropower, he is very concerned about environmental preservation. Moreover, the raw material is water. Therefore, the conditions in the Batangtoru area must be maintained, including the forest area. "Because of the water raw material too. How to do the water treatment? Surely it was interesting with the studies, "said Firman, the SumutPos editorial officer, including Editor in Chief, Dame Ambarita, Deputy Chief Editor, Laila Azizah, Managing Editor, Ade Zulfi A. Simatupang, Ad Manager, Hirzan, and Advertorial Manager, Asih Astuti.

In the construction of the APTA, NSHE must have had an environmental impact analysis (Amdal) with the Governor of North Sumatra Decree Number 660 dated January 31st, 2015. And of course the Decree was in accordance with the provisions stipulated in Law Number 32 Year 2009 concerning Environmental Protection and Management, and Government Regulation Number 27 Year 1999 concerning Analysis Regarding environmental impacts and Government Regulation Number 27 of 2012 concerning Environmental Permits.

In addition, he explained, the location of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) is located in the Batangtoru area in Sipirok and Marancar which is included in the area of Other Use (APL) and does not enter within the forest area. "6500 square meters, is in the form of other uses (APL), not forest. So it's not like the information that has developed so far, forest," he said.

He also denied that the Batangtoru Hydropower was built on an earthquake fault. "The analysis team we studied, (the location of the Batangtoru Hydropower) was not earthquake-damaged. But it was still built for earthquake by adopting the best practices of the latest applicable national and international provisions, such as guidelines for the design and implementation of concrete dams from the Balai Dam, and the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), "he said.

In addition, he also ensures that the water flow of the Batangtoru River will not experience a decrease until it causes drought. The reason is, even though a dam will be built, but the water debit remains the same and is not very scarce.

In addition, he also straightened out the issue, the Batangtoru Hydropower will flood around 9,600 forests in Batangtoru. According to him NSHE has a basis. First, because it will be for the purpose of moving the generator, only 90 Hectares, including the river body of 24 hectares In total the land needed for the operation of Batangtoru Hydropower is only 122 Hectares, which is 90 Hectares inundation and the rest are offices and plants.

"The issue of inundating 9,600 land in the Batangtoru forest, once was not correct. Let alone the surrounding villages, our plants also sank," he said.

Firman also revealed, his party will continue to contribute socially in the area of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP). For example, holding free medicine and providing assistance in school scholarships to the people there. "We also think about the condition of orangutans by providing bridges to orangutans. Where to find food, where to play. All of that, we think about it and examine it. Firman also revealed, his party will continue to contribute socially in the area of the Batangtoru Hydropower plant. For example, holding free medicine and providing assistance in school scholarships to the people there. "We also think about the condition of orangutans by providing bridges to orangutans. Where to look for food, where to play. All of that, we think about it and we examine it. Here, we are not damaged by the environment," he said.

Then, where is the electricity produced by the Batang Toru Hydropower sold? According to Firman, the electricity produced will be fully supplied by PLN. "The purchase agreement or the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been agreed with PLN," he said.

Regarding labor, it employs up to 2,000 people. Of these, 75 percent are domestic workers, including local. The remaining foreign experts. "We still prioritize the needs of local energy," he said.

Save the Forest of Batangtoru separately, a number of activists from the nature lovers community (KPA) such as KPA Malaka, KPA Mata Alam, Rata Bumi, Telapak Tapanuli, Explore Tabagsel, and UMTS Kompel with the Wahana Lingkungan Hidup (Walhi) of North Sumatra held an action entitled Save the Forest of Batangtoru on the Bridge of Ashisomagodang above the Watershed ( Watershed) of Batangtoru, on Thursday (2/21). The action was held because they were worried that the forest ecosystem in Batangtoru would be damaged.

The action attracted the attention of the public and road users who crossed the road. They invited the community to also care about the threat of damage caused by the construction of the Hydropower project. "The threat of the Batang Toru Hydropower development is very large, there are protected animals including the Tapanuli Orangutan which only live there. So that the development of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) is what we worry about extinction and threatened habitat there," said action coordinator Andi Daulay.

The absence of orangutans, other habitats are also threatened. "Among them are Badak Hornbills which are the identities of South Tapanuli. When the construction of hydropower is carried out there, our animals will be destroyed including Tapanuli orangutans, the birds of the Sudang," he said.

Besides that, Andi continued, with the construction, the downstream Batangtoru river would dry up because a dam would be built for the Hydropower. "While there is a lot of agricultural land that depends on the river," he said.

He revealed, Batangtoru Forest is a primary forest reserve with an area of 1,400Km square in the border of North, Central and South. More than 100 thousand people live in the Batangtoru Forest. "The data that we have is also in the midst of 1,200 productive agricultural sectors of communities and indigenous peoples," he said.

 

That way, said Andi, maintaining the Forest of Batangtoru as well as preserving the future of the young generation in South Tapanuli. "So we have to take care of this. It's useless to talk about welfare, but the community is not protected," he said.

He also pointed out that the South Tapanuli District Government does not care about the environment and natural biodiversity in the Forest Conservation Forest of the forest has high value and is invaluable in its wealth. "The regional government should be able to provide decisions and policies that can save the landscape of Batangtoru Forest," he said.

North Sumatra's Walhi Advocacy Manager, Roy Lumbangaol said, from the expert's review, the development of hydropower there could potentially damage the natural ecosystem. "We are not anti-development, but if the development has the potential to damage nature, we will fight, criticize. North Sumatra's Walhi concentrated on saving the last jungle, yes, this Batangtoru Forest is why we call the last jungle because pure forest in North Sumatra is the remaining wealth," he said.

According to him, Walhi has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Impact Analysis for the construction of the Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) and they hope that the rights will be decided fairly. "The lawsuit is still working and the decision will be in March. 

It is our hope that the judge can give a breakthrough to intervention. This is not our interest or group of people. These are all the interests of many people, "he said.

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