Feasibility studies were completed last August and the government has
begun land acquisition for the project, although it says 70% of the
route is already state-owned. When it opens in 2013 the line will have
capacity for 10 million tonnes of coal per year, increasing to 20
million tonnes within 10 years.

In the longer term, the Indonesian
government envisages the construction of a 1900km railway network in
Central Kalimantan, starting with a 175km extension from Bangkuang to
Lupak Dalam.