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ADB initial environmental examination of 55 MW Dieng Unit 2 geothermal project, Indonesia

Well Pad-7, Dieng Geothermal Plant (Source: Flickr, Kars Alfrink, Creative commons)
Alexander Richter 24 Nov 2019

As part of requested funding for the 55 MW Dieng Unit 2 geothermal expansion project by PT Geodipa Energi, the Asian Development Bank has now published an initial environmental examination of the project.

As part of a requested financing by PT Geodipa Energi from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its expansion of the Dieng and Patuha plants, with a total of 110 MW (2x 55 MW), the bank has now published a report draft on an initial environmental examination.

The expansion projects are to support “the target of the Government of Indonesia (GOI) to increase the contribution of renewable energy sources to 23% by 2025 where geothermal represents 7% requiring an additional 5.8 GW from the present capacity of 1.8 GW. The additional capacity will be consistent in meeting the commitment of GOI to the Nationally Determined Contribution of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 29% by 2030.”

The project is expected to be implemented from 2020 to 2024, with Geodipa as executing agency, responsible for the overall supervision and management of project implementation.

The project requires an environmental assessment based on national requirements, but also environmental requirements of ADB.

Conducting the initial environmental examination (IEE) for the project aims to (i) describe the existing environment; (ii) conduct consultations of key stakeholders; (iii) assess the potential environmental impacts; (iv) identify the mitigation and/or enhancement measures corresponding to the potential environmental impacts identified; (v) describe the environmental management and monitoring plan to be implemented and complied with; (vi) identify a grievance redress mechanism that is culturally-appropriate, transparent, readily accessible to affected persons, and consistent to international best practices; and, (vii) ensure that all the statutory regulatory requirements relevant to the project have been identified and considered to ensure an understanding of what needs to be complied with during implementation.

The draft initial environmental examination (IEE) covers the Dieng Unit 2 (1×55 MW) in Karang Tengah, Benjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia.

The report goes into detail of the project related to policy, legal and administrative framework, complete details on the project, description of the environment, anticipated environmental impacts and mitigation measures, analysis of alternatives, information disclosure, consultation and participation, grievance redress mechanism, as well as the environmental management plan.

The report provides concrete recommendations for the project. The report can be downloaded here (pdf).

Source: Asian Development Bank