Pertamina said to abandon Seulawah geothermal project in Aceh, Indonesia

Ulu Masen forest, Aceh, Indonesia (source: flickr/DFID, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 29 Sep 2017

With no progress made on the Seulawah geothermal project it is feared that Pertamina Geothermal Energy is abandoning the project in Aceh province in Indonesia.

News this morning from Aceh in Indonesia report that Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) has supposedly given up on the Seulawah geothermal project in Aceh province.

As reported, Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf still hopes that the development of a geothermal power plant at Seulawah can be completed within 3.5 years and are not threatened by these news. There has been no progress since the signing of the contract between the Government of Aceh and PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, on August 1, 2017, as we reported.

As local news report, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy as the winner of the project reportedly has resigned. But it is not known exactly the reason for the resignation.

“I’m sorry to hear the info is still problematic, I do not know the core of the problem,” said Chairman of Commission II of Aceh House of Representatives.

He explained that his side had called the parties involved in Seulawah geothermal development. But in the meeting, they could not provide data on the development of the project.

“What we call ESDM, PLN Rayon Aceh and Pertamina Aceh, Unfortunately PLN and Pertamina that we call can not explain, because the responsible is related to geothermal is not their field,” said Politicians of the Aceh Party

In the near future, said Nurzahri, his side will return the relevant parties to explain the progress of the project development.

“No progress has been done until now, we will call the related parties soon to hear the explanation,” he said.

There has been so far no confirmation from the Head of Energy and Mineral Resources and Pertamina.

We will follow up as this story unfolds.

Source: AJNN