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Government to develop $4.3b geothermal plants

  • Viriya P. Singgih

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, May 22, 2017   /  09:38 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo speaks to journalists on the sidelines of the inauguration of three geothermal power plant (PLTP) infrastructure projects worth Rp 6.18 trillion (US$532.07 million) belonging to state oil and gas firm Pertamina in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Dec. 27. (JP/Lita Aruperes)

The government plans this year to start the process of developing 12 geothermal power plants with a total capacity of 865 megawatts (MW) and combined investment value of around US$4.3 billion as part of its efforts to make Indonesia the world’s top geothermal electricity producer. At present, Indonesia operates geothermal power plants with a total capacity of 1,698.5 MW and aims to increase it to 1,858.5 MW before year-end through the completion of three other facilities, namely the Sarulla Unit II plant (110 MW) and Sorik Merapi Modular Unit I plant (20 MW) in North Sumatra, and the Karaha Bodas plant (30 MW) in West Java. In the long run, it aims to operate 7,200 MW geothermal power plants by 2025, or 3.8 percent of the total targeted 23 percent share of the national energy mix from renewable sources. “We have planned some breakthroughs in order to meet that target...