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Kalla makes fun of snail's pace progress in geothermal energy projects

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 14, 2019   /  12:29 pm
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Green power: The Dieng geothermal power plant in Central Java is one of the major producers of renewable energy in Indonesia.(Tempo/Aris Andrianto)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla poked fun at the country’s geothermal energy industry on Tuesday at an annual international geothermal convention in Jakarta, which came as a sharp wake-up call for industry stakeholders attending the event. “It has been seven conventions, yet progress has been very slow. Seven conventions and we’ve only reached 2,000 megawatts (MW),” Kalla said just before witnessing a contract signing for the construction of a small-scale 10 MW geothermal plant in Central Java. “And if you’re going a sign an agreement [that] will be witnessed by the vice president and a [deputy] minister, don’t make it 10 MW. Make it at least 200 MW. Ten MW with such a formal signing, that’s too small. That’s a lack of confidence,” he quipped to the delight of most members of the audience. Kalla...