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Exploration started on first 20 MW phase of Tulehu geothermal project by PLN in Maluku, Indonesia

Drilling rig at Tulehu geothermal project, Maluku, Indonesia (source: SkyscraperCity)
Alexander Richter 13 Jun 2018

PLN has officially started exploration work on the first 20 MW of its Tulehu geothermal power project in Maluku province in Indonesia.

Reported locally, the Tulehu Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) project in Tulehu and Suli Village, Central Maluku District, Maluku Province has entered the exploration stage.

“The PLTP project is currently included in the steam exploration phase, but the mechanism for the development of the steam generator has been explored once the new power plant has been constructed,” said General Manager of PT PLN Maluku Parent Development Unit Jonner Pardosi in Ambon this week.

He said that the construction of the power plant is currently in the process of preparing the tender of the document, then the contract will be prepared by the consultant from the center, it is expected within two years to be completed, so that this PLTP can be enjoyed by the people of Ambon.

Jonner acknowledged that the Tulehu geothermal power plant built to strengthen the electricity system in the Ambon region was planned by COD in 2019 and is expected to be able to supply electricity to 40,000 homes.

The Tulehu Geothermal Working Area (WKP) has a potential of 60 MW, but in this initial project, PLN will develop 2×10 MW.

PLTP Tulehu continued is also the government’s effort to maximize the use of new and renewable energy (EBT), considering the electricity in Ambon Island has been relying on diesel power plants (PLTD). “This effort is also to develop renewable energy in meeting the needs of the national electricity supply and in Maluku province,” he said.

Source: Tribun Maluku