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Auction of five geothermal working areas in Indonesia planned for July 2019

Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia (source: flickr/ a_rabin, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 22 May 2019

Indonesia EBTKE plans auction of five geothermal working areas with a development potential of total 725 MW, located in North and Central Sulawesi, East Nusa Teggara, and North Malaku.

The Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) plans to conduct an auction of five Geothermal Working Areas (WKP) in July 2019.

Ida Nuryatin Finahari, Director of Geothermal Directorate General of EBTKE of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said five WKPs to be auctioned include Sembalun (West Nusa Tenggara) with a potential of 100 MW, Telaga Ranu (North Maluku) with a potential of 85 MW, Gunung Wilis (East Java), and Gunung Galunggung (West Java).

The Kotamobago working area will be assigned to state-owned enterprise Pertamina (PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy / PGE).

Separately, Ali Mundakir, President Director of PGE, a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Persero), which is engaged in the geothermal sector, said that the assignment will take place in July.

At present PGE has also just completed the exploration process in Hululais, Lebong Regency, Bengkulu Province. The exploration results evaluation process will later be submitted to PT PLN (Persero).

In this project, PGE will only provide geothermal steam, while the one that will build the plant is PLN.

The Hululais Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) has a capacity of 55 MW, and is targeted to be operational in 2021. The investment for exploration is estimated at US $ 165 million, while for the construction of plants around US $ 110 million.

“If the WKP assignment does not need the proposal to be directly assigned. The process is direct appointment from the government, “said Ali.

Source: Dunia Energi

Note: this article saw changes with the actual areas to be auctioned, following a comment by EBTKE, we apologise for possible confusion.