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Indonesia to offer of three geothermal early stage development assignments in 2019

Karaha Bodas geothermal power plant, West Java, Indonesia (source: Gunawan Sutrisno)
Alexander Richter 29 Jul 2019

Indonesian government plans to offer three areas of preliminary and exploration survey (WPSPE) assignments for geothermal energy in 2019 with a total of 126 MW potential.

The Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EDSM) plans to offer three areas of preliminary and exploration survey (WPSPE) assignments for geothermal energy this year with a total of 126 MW.

The three WPSPE that will be offered this year are Pentadio in Gorontalo with resources of around 25 MW, Ria-Ria Sipaholon in North Sumatra 60 MW, and Lokop in Aceh 41 MW.

The ESDM Ministry’s Geothermal Director Ida Nuryatin Finahari said that she had made eight WPSPE offers in 2018 and at the beginning of 2019 as many as three WSPE. The eight WPSPE offered in 2018 have a total development plan of 510 MW and in 2019 have a total of 80 MW.

All of the offered WPSPE are targeted to operate commercially in the period between 2024 and 2028.

“There are three WPSPE left and have not been offered. Usually they will be offered if there are those who are interested,” she told local news last week.

According to her, each company that intends to take up the WPSPE offer has three years to complete the exploration. After exploration, the company must provide a report for WPSPE to become a geothermal working area (WKP) which is ready to be auctioned.

In addition to auctioning WPSPE, this year the ESDM Ministry also plans to auction five WKPs with a total development plan of 175 MW. The five auctions are Lainea WKP in Southeast Sulawesi with 66 MW of resources and a 20 MW development plan, Sembalun WKP in NTB with a development plan of 20 MW of 100 MW resources, Telaga Ranu WKP in North Maluku with 5 MW development plans from 72 resources MW, WKP Gunung Wilis in East Java with a development plan of 20 MW from 50 MW resources, and Mount Galunggung WKP in West Java with a development plan of 110 MW from 289 MW data sources.

Meanwhile, the assignment of the Kotamobagu WKP in North Sulawesi with the planned 80 MW of 185 MW resources has been given to PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE).

Source: Bisnis