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Jakarta Post

Kamojang unit I geothermal plant to operate in October next year

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 29, 2016   /  12:06 pm
Kamojang unit I geothermal plant to operate in October next year Renewable energy – An employee checks a production drilling facility at the Kamojang geothermal power plant in Kamojang, Garut, West Java. (Tempo/Dasril Roszandi)

Kamojang unit I geothermal plant in Bandung, West Java, is expected to resume operations in October next year following its turbine damage in April 2014, an official has said. 

Pertamina Geothermal Energy's (PGE) Kamojang plant maintenance manager Faiq Kautsar attributed the damaged turbine to its expired shelf life, saying that the turbine had been operating 32 years past its shelf life.

Faid was quoted by Antara news agency as saying that the replacement and building process of the geothermal turbine needed more time compared to conventional ones as the turbine parts needed to be compatible with geological substances. 

According to Faid, the shutdown of the 30-megawatt (MW) capacity unit I plant affected the plant's overall performance. 

Currently, the plant can only produce 205 MW from its five units' maximum capacity of 235 MW.

PGE Kamojang's unit I is managed by PT Indonesia Power, a subsidiary of state electricity firm PLN. Indonesia Power manages unit I, unit II and unit III of the Kamojang plant, leaving two other units under the management of PGE. (dmr)

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