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Jakarta Post

Geothermal energy still attractive to investors

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 11 2018   /  12:45 am

Geothermal energy has been a hot issue in the country, particularly in the past few months, as the government is working to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s power generation.The government’s efforts got a boost on Wednesday when Japan’s Inpex kicked off the operation of its third geothermal power plant in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra. Dubbed the world’s largest single-contract geothermal project, the Sarulla power plant has a total capacity of 330 megawatts (MW), along with the first and second units, which have been in operation since March and October 2017, respectively. That capacity is reportedly equivalent to the power consumption of 2.1 million households in Indonesia. The news came amid the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s success in attaining 93.5 percent of its total target of 2,058 MW in renewable power plants in 2018. “At this...