Cusi downplays Indonesia ban, says coal supply stable

There is no imminent threat to the country’s power supply amid ample coal supply to power up coal-fired power plants, more than a week after Indonesia banned its vessels from entering Philippine territory, energy industry officials said yesterday.

While the ban on Indonesian flag-bearing ships is a security concern, it would not negatively impact on the country’s coal power supply, newly-installed energy chief Alfonso Cusi said.

He said the ban only covers Indonesian-flagged vessels while the country’s coal supply is delivered by bigger ships bearing other foreign flags.

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