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Indonesia expects up to 180 MW of geothermal capacity to be added in 2019

Drilling Rig on site of the Muara Laboh geothermal project, Indonesia (source: Sumitomo Corp.)
Alexander Richter 27 Jan 2019

Indonesia expects to bring the delayed plants of Lumut Balai (55 MW), Sorik Marapi (40 MW) online in March 2019, and an additional 5 MW from the Sokoria plant in the second half of 2019. Together with the 80 MW Muara Laboh that will add 180 MW in 2019.

Already scheduled to start operating before the year end 2018, then Director of Geothermal, Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ida Nuryatin Finahari now expects the two geothermal power plants of Lumut Balai (55 MW) and Sorik Marapi (40 MW) to start feeding electricity to the grid in March 2019. The 5 MW Sokoria geothermal plant, also scheduled to start operating in 2018, is now expected to come online in the second half of 2019.

The delay of bringing the plants online has been the construction of the transmission network by PLN.

The Lumut Balai PLTP and Sorik Marapi PLTP are targeted to operate in March 2019, while the Sokoria PLTP in the second semester / 2019. In addition to the three projects, Muara Laboh PLTP in South Solok Regency, West Sumatra is also scheduled to operate in 2019 and can produce 80 MW of power.

“Of the three (failed to operate in 2018), plus 80 MW Muara Laboh. So, a total of 180 MW will be for COD all this year, “said Ida to local media.

It is known, until the end of 2018, the capacity of geothermal power plants reached 1,948.5 MW from the target of 2,058 MW, of which as many as 110 MW came from the Sarulla PLTP 3 and 30 MW came from Unit 1 Karaha PLTP.

Source: Jitu News