After 63 long years, the aging electrical infrastructure of the Presidential Palace has finally undergone a much-needed revitalization. On August 1, 2023, the official inauguration of the newly revamped electrical system at the Jakarta-based Presidential Palace was conducted by none other than the Minister of State Secretary (Mensesneg) Pratikno.
However, this wasn’t just your ordinary electrical upgrade. The revitalization project undertaken by PT Mahakaam Jaya Sejahtera in partnership with PT Nindya Karya (Persero) aimed to introduce something extraordinary. Their goal was to develop an electrical infrastructure for the Presidential Palace that wasn’t just advanced and dependable, but also eco-friendly, secure, and, most intriguingly, completely inconspicuous to the naked eye.
Providing insights into this ambitious endeavor, Ahmad Adisuryo, the CEO of Mahakaam Group International, shed light on the collaborative efforts that guided the project. As the holding company of PT Mahakaam Jaya Sejahtera, he, along with the directors Ardhi Fahyudi and Mashud Yusuf, received direct directives from PT PLN(Persero). These instructions, backed by the expertise of PLN Engineering (PLN E) and the partnership with LAPI-ITB, aimed to align the vision for the Presidential Palace‘s revitalization.
PT PLN (Persero), represented by PLN Unit Induk Distribusi JakartaRaya, tasked this collaborative team with achieving an infrastructure that could not only provide seamless power to the Presidential Palace for months on end during emergency situations but also remain discreet. “We were fortunate to receive direct guidance from the CEO of PLN, Darmawan Prasodjo, and the Distribution Director of PLN, Adi Priyanto, to execute this project to the best of our abilities and apply state-of-the-art technology,” emphasized Adisuryo. However, the challenge wasn’t just technological; it also demanded an elegant balance between functionality, environmental considerations, and aesthetic appeal, as Adisuryo explained, “This posed a unique challenge, as we had to create a complex system and infrastructure that needed to remain hidden from the public eye, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing.”
Throughout the project’s progression, the resonating messages from Darmawan Prasodjo and Adi Priyanto acted as both challenges and catalysts. They set the tone for the revitalization project, which commenced in mid-2022, with the ambitious aim of aligning its completion with the 78th Independence Day celebrations of the Republic of Indonesia.
Remarkably, on August 1, 2023, not only were these aspirations fulfilled, but they were exceeded. The project concluded ahead of schedule, meeting stringent quality standards, a testament to the unwavering dedication of the collaborative team led by KSO Mahakam-Nindya.
In essence, the success of this transformative venture can be evaluated against two primary criteria. Firstly, the revitalization sought to ensure that the electrical system at the Presidential Palacebecame more secure and reliable. Secondly, the challenge laid down by the CEO of PLN focused on crafting a robust electrical infrastructure that remained virtually imperceptible. The ingenious solution lay in the construction of an underground power house, 20 meters below the surface. This structure, hidden beneath a picturesque green garden, became the heart of the revitalization, seamlessly providing automated systems and backup generators to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Expanding on the broader implications, Adisuryo envisioned this project as a blueprint for advanced and modern electrical infrastructure, potentially applicable to the forthcoming capital city. Beyond its technological sophistication, this infrastructure serves as a compelling embodiment of the Indonesian government’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, aligning with the global drive towards sustainable governance.
In staunch support of PLN’s green vision for the future, the Mahakaam Group stands as a testament to the successful collaboration between the public and private sectors. Adisuryo concluded on a note of gratitude, “The completion of this monumental and historic revitalization project on August 1, 2023, serves as a gift for the 78th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia. It enhances our pride and confidence as Indonesians on the global stage.”