The construction of the 330 x 3 MW coal-fired power plant (PLTU) in Indramayu started in 2007, and four years later it was put in operation. While being operated by the government-owned company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN), it was financed through a loan from a consortium of public and private lenders led by Bank of China . Surrounding communities have suffered severe livelihood losses resulting from the operations of the plant, and the preceding construction process. These include respiratory diseases, diminishing yields and reduced catches of fish and shrimp. Farming and fishing have historically been the most important income-bringing activities for the residents of Indramayu, but these have become increasingly unviable due to pollution and large-scale acquisition of productive farmland .