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WWF and PT Arun NGL to develop geothermal project on Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia (source: flickr/ Gabriel ^(oo)^, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 27 Mar 2017

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia and PT Arun NGL are to jointly develop a geothermal project on Flores Island, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia.

Reported this morning from Indonesia, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia, and Indonesias largest liquefied natural gas producer PT Arun NGL, announce plans for the joint development of a geothermal project on Flores Island, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia.

“Recently, together with WWF and PT Arun, we have prepared a road map to develop geothermal in Flores and it is just a matter of time before we implement it,” Head of Provincial Mining and Energy Office, Boni Marisin, affirmed in an interview with ANTARA News.

With a row of volcanoes spreading from west to east of Flores, the island is estimated to have large geothermal potential. There is currently some geothermal development at Ulumbu and Mataloko in the western part of Flores. Both sites have been appointed to PLN for development. The Ulumbu site with a potential capaicty of 50 MW and the Mataloko site with a potential of 22.5 MW.

“Geothermal development in those two areas are expected to be connected to East Nusa Tenggaras system by 2020,” he stated, adding that in addition to Flores, geothermal is also found in Atadei, Lembata district and Alor district. The geothermal potential in Atadei has estimated reserves of 40 MW on an area of more than 31,000 hectares, he revealed.  “If the potential in Atadei can be developed well, it will be able to supply electricity to the vicinity of areas such as Adonara and Solor,” he noted.

Source: Antara News