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Indonesian coal producer gets $1.2B loan from China

Tambang Batubara Bukit Asam, a state-owned coal producer in Indonesia, on Friday said it has agreed on terms for a $1.2 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China. The money will be used to build a coal-fired power plant in South Sumatra.

In a press release, Bukit Asam said the agreement came during the Indonesia-China Economic Cooperation Forum, which was held this week during President Joko Widodo’s visit to China.

The 1.24-gigawatt power plant will be built and managed by Huadian Bukit Asam Power, a joint venture between Bukit Asam and a unit of China Huadian, a state-owned electricity company. Bukit Asam holds a 45% stake in the joint venture.