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Jakarta Post

Abandoned geothermal project in Patuha hots up

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1 2009   /  12:17 pm

The government will resume  development of a previously abandoned geothermal power plant at Patuha in Bandung, West Java. “This project must continue as it’s been abandoned for nearly 12 years and the government has paid around US$400 million to the US,” vice president Jusuf Kalla said after a meeting at the plant on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by state oil and gas company president director Karen Agustiawan, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, State Minister for State Enterprises Sofyan Djalil and state utility company PLN president director Fahmi Moechtar. “I expect Pertamina to finish the first phase of the project, which will provide about 60 megawatts of electricity, by the end of 2010. The initial investment for this first phase is around $80 million and state banks will provide the funding,” Kalla said. The government h...