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Indonesia to auction 12 geothermal areas this year – potential 330 MW

Drill site at Muara Laboh project, West Java/ Indonesia (source: ENGIE)
Alexander Richter 22 May 2017

Indonesia's Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources has announced plans to offer up to 12 geothermal working areas with a potential of up to 330 MW to investors this year through tender and direct offer.

Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) announces plans to offer 12 geothermal working areas (WKP) to investors this year through regular tender and direct offer.

As reported by Rambu Energy, the ministry said five of the twelve working areas will be auctioned through regular tender, while seven of them will be offered directly to the state owned energy companies, namely PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), PT Geo Dipa and PT Pertamina.

The five WKPs are WKP Muara Bulung in Southeast Sulawesi with potential capacity of 20 MW, Oka Iliange WKP in West Nusa Tenggara with potential capacity of 20 MW, Joilolo WKP in North Maluku with potential capacity of 60 MW, Simbolon Samosir WKP in North Sumatera with capacity of 220 MW and Sirung WKP located in Alor Island in East Nusa Tenggara with potential capacity of 10 MW.

With new regulation on auctions for geothermal working areas being drafted, it is expected they will be issued next month. In a statement Yunus Saefulhak, Director for Geothermal at the Directorate for New, Renewable and Energy Conservation said that the five working areas have a potential capacity of 330 MW. There is already an interest by several international investors in a participation for development in these areas.

 

Source: Rambu Energy, Jakarta Post