Izromaita, Head of General Mining Industry at Mining and Energy Agency of South Sumatera, said the coal production reached 20 million tons per year.
"Before 2011, South Sumatra coal production is only about 10 million tons per year, now it has increased. However, if the infrastructure for coal is completed there will be a significant increase, "he said in Palembang, on Wednesday (15/8).
According Izromaita, cultivating the potential of the commodity is very dependent on road and port infrastructures. Because the exploitation of the commodity needs adequate transportation and infrastructures.
He said the coal reserve in South Sumatra was quite large, reaching 22.24 billion tons or 48% of the total Indonesian coal. The reserve are scattered in Muara Enim for 13.6 billion tons, Lahat for 2.7 billion tons, OKU and Eastern OKU for 0.32 billion tons and Musi Rawas for 0.8 billion tons.
During coal production in South Sumatra was utilized as energy and plant needs. Most of the commodity was marketed for domestic need, especially Suralaya steam power plant and Asam steam power plant. (T03/TW)