Big Business – PT Hutama Karya (Persero) intends to operate two more Trans Sumatra toll roads before the end of this year. PT Hutama Karya Group Secretary, Muhammad Fauzan, said management is increasingly optimistic about pursuing the goal following the inauguration of Section 4 of the Sigli – Banda Aceh toll road, which spread 13.5 kilometers last Tuesday.
“Our goal is still on the track,” he told Tempo on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Since 2016, the company has completed and operated the route Bakauheni – Terbanggi Besar – Pematang Panggang up to 325 kilometers. The length of the operation has covered some parts of the section Kayu Agung – Palembang – Betung.
In total, the sections Palembang – Indralaya, Medan – Kualanamu – Tebing Tinggi, as well as the sections Belawan – Tanjung Morawa, already have 469 kilometers of toll roads that divide the northern to southern parts of the island of Sumatra today.
Towards the end of 2020, Fauzan said, management is only waiting for the results of the opportunity test (ULF) in the five sections of the Pekanbaru – Dumai toll road along 131.48 kilometers in order to obtain an operating license. If the plan is underway, the first part of the Medan – Binjai section will start operations in December. “We have budgeted for capital expenditures of up to $ 24 trillion for this year,” he said.
Most of the funds were used to complete the construction, as well as to pursue the remaining list of Trans Sumatra Toll Road Concession Agreements (PPJT). The five PPJTs being prosecuted this year are Betung – Jambi tolls, Jambi – Rengat customs, Rengat – Pekanbaru customs, Dumai – Rantau Prapat customs and Rantau Prapat – Kisaran customs. As of February last year, Hutama had 14 PPJT pockets from a total of 24 Trans Sumatra segments. Capex is also used for the purpose of testability in the segment in the planning phase.