Opening of the Jakarta – Bandung high-speed line in mid-2023

The high-speed line between Jakarta and Bandung will open in mid-2023, says Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

According to Pandjaitan, dynamic testing on the new line is scheduled to begin on November 16.

The date is the second day of the G20 leaders’ summit that Indonesia is hosting in Bali, as the current chair of the group of 20 largest economies representing 80% of global GDP.

“From June to July next year, we will have a commissioning,” Pandjaitan said.

The minister also said cost overrun issues on the 142km project, which is $2 billion over budget according to construction consortium PT KCIC, had been resolved and were due to technical issues and the nature unstable civil engineering works in particular.

“A lot of the cost overruns are due to floor damage. It’s shaking,” Pandjaitan said. “I think three tunnels have been disrupted, but I think (the job) is done now.”

Last month, Indonesian President Mr Joko Widodo said poor ground conditions had delayed the completion of tunnels 2 and 11 on the high-speed line, and the issues had been resolved.

“The ground condition is very delicate, and thank God the problem has now been resolved,” Jokowi said.

He noted that work on the project is 88.8 percent complete and the high-speed line between Jakarta and Bandung is expected to come into operation by June 2023.

The route is designed for a maximum speed of 350 km/h and will reduce the train journey time from Jakarta to Bandung from three hours to 40 minutes.

Considering the project to extend the high-speed line to Surabaya, Pandjaitan said it would reduce the travel time from Jakarta to Surabaya to four hours and improve Indonesia’s economic efficiency.

However, it is currently unclear whether the Surabaya extension project would be financed and delivered in the same way as the Jakarta – Bandung high-speed line.

Indonesia’s first high-speed line is being built by PT KCIC, which is 60% owned by Indonesian state-owned companies including Wijaya Karya and PT KAI.

China Railway Engineering and other Chinese companies own the remaining 40%. The project is financed by a loan from the China Development Bank.

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