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Pertamina Geothermal exceeds self-set geothermal production targets

Lahedong Geothermal Power Plant in Indonesia (source: ADB, Courtesy of CPI)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 25 Oct 2016

In an update to the market, Pertamina Geothermal Energy announces having exceeded self-set target for geothermal power generation for the first nine months of the year and expects two projects to come online before the end of 2016.

In a release, Indonesian PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a subsidiary of state-owned energy company PT Pertamina announces having exceeded self-set targets for geothermal power generation in the first nine months of this year.

Until September 30, 2016, Pertamina Geothermal Energy produced 2,233 GW hours (GWh) of geothermal power in the first nine months of the year exceeding the target of 2,216 GWh.

“The company production target for geothermal power is set at 3,075 GWh in the whole of the year,” PGE corporate secretary Tafif Azimudin said late last week.

PGE has six units of geothermal power plants (PLTP) including PLTP Kamojang in Kamojang-Darajat, West Java, with a production capacity of 235 megawatts (MW); four units of PLTP Lahedong in Lahedong, North Sulawesi with a capacity of 80 MW; and two units of PLTP Ulubelu in Gunung Way Panas, Lampung with a capacity of 55 MW.

Tafif said currently,PGE operates eight geothermal projects including geothermal steam fields and PLTPs . Five units of the geothermal energy development projects are located in Kamojang, Karaha, Lahendong, Ulubelu and Lumut Balai.

Meanwhile, PGE is developing stem field projects including Hululais and Sungai Penuh steam fields, and four projects in the exploration phase – Bukit Daun, Margabayur, Lawu and Seulawah.

“Infrastructure being built in Bukit Daun is access road via forest 20 kilometers long now in the final phase. Exploration is expected to start in October this year,” Tafif said.

Two units of the projects have been completed including Kamojang Unit 5 and Ulubelu Unit 3. Therefore, by the end of 2016, PGE hopes to finish two more projects – Lahedong Unit 5 and Karaha Unit 1.

Geothermal Director at the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Directorate General of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Yunus Saefulhak said he is optimistic PGE could achieve the production target for geothermal power set for the year with the additional capacity of the plants to be operated.

The capacity of the power plants is increased from 462 megawatts (MW) to 557 MW. The additional capacity include 55 MW contributed by PLTP Ulubelu which came on line in July 2016 and Lahendong Unit 5 , which came on stream in September 2016 with a contribution of 20 MW.

“In December 2016, PGE will set into operation Lahendong with a capacity of 20 MW that the geothermal power production target of PGE this year would be achieved,” he said.

Source: Antara News