National Geographic on Geothermal Information Center at Kamojang, Indonesia
Pertamina Geothermal has opened a Geothermal Energy Information Center at the Kamojang geothermal field near Bandung in Indonesia.
Indonesia, on the Ring of Fire ,has among the largest geothermal potential in the world. The strategic location between major plates (Asia and Pacific) and minor plates (Philippines) presents a great geothermal opportunity, as described in a recent article by National Geographics in Indonesia.
At the recent inauguration of Unit V of Pertamina’s geothermal energy plant at Kamojang, the country’s President Joko Widodo stressed that “If we harness the potential of geothermal, Indonesia does not need anymore to fossil energy dependency.”
Government efforts to divert increasingly depleted fossil energy that is by supporting the development of renewable energy that are environmentally friendly. Geothermal not escape becoming a priority among biofuel, biomass, water, wind, solar, ocean waves, until the energy tide. Jokowi added that this geothermal energy by 2019 should at least be able to meet the electricity needs of 97% of households in Indonesia.
Geothermal Information Center by Pertamina Geothermal Energy in Kamojang
In Kamojang, Ibun subdistrict, Bandung district Pertamina not only operates geothermal power plants, but also the Geothermal Information Center (GIC), which was established as an information center aimed at informing the general public on geothermal energy as an environmentally friendly and renewable energy source. The center provides information about geothermal energy and the history of geothermal development in Indonesia.
Kamojang is also the site, where Indonesia first explored geothermal energy in 1918. Followed by exploration activities undertaken in 1926 to that of 1929 left five historic wells. Well KMJ-3 is still today actively producing dry steam.
There are also miniature models of the power plants on site at Kamojang, including the wells, the plants and infrastructure as well as the site of the historical heritage site.
Within a 60 minutes, visitors will gain knowledge about the history and process of geothermal energy production at Pertamina Geothermal Energy Komajang. The center also includes a theater space in which Pertamina shows videos on safety standards at its Kamojang facilities.
Wawan Darmawan, General Manager of PGE Kamojang say that the existence of the GIC is expected to give the general public a better understanding of geothermal energy as a source of sustainable and environmentally friendly energy.”
The Geothermal Information Center is open to the public and visits can be arranged through Pertamina.