55 MW Lumut Balai geothermal power plant online in Indonesia
Indonesia's geothermal power generation capacity reaches 2,003 MW with the addition of the 55 MW Lumut Balai geothermal power plant of Pertamina Geothermal Energy. Additional plants are about to start with an additional 125 MW in capacity.
As reported today from Indonesia, the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources ( ESDM ) has announced that geothermal capacity continues to grow. Geothermal Director Ida Nuryatin Finahari said that geothermal capacity until the end of September reached 2,003.3 MW. In September 2019 55 MW were added from Lumut Balai,” Ida said to Katadata.co.id.
Lumut Balai PLTP is located in Muara Enim Regency, South Sumatra is operated by Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE). The investment value for the project is around US $ 247.5 million. The Lumut Balai project was initially targeted to operate commercially in July 2019. However, the project’s operations were delayed until September 2019.
In addition to the Lumut Balai project, the ESDM Ministry is targeting three other geothermal projects to be operational this year. The three projects are Sorik Merapi, Sokoria and Muara Laboh. The total capacity of the four power plants will be 180 MW. Sorik Merapi PLTP which is located in Mandailing Natal Regency, North Sumatra with a capacity of 40 MW. The contractor, PT Sorik Merapi Geothermal Power, has an investment of around US $ 180 million. (announcements from Sorik Marapi states that the plant is now operating, but that has not been officially confirmed)
Furthermore, the Sokoria PLTP in Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara is targeted to be able to produce 5 MW of electricity capacity. The contractor is PT Sokoria Geothermal Indonesia with an investment of US $ 22.5 million. While Muara Laboh PLTP in Solok Selatan Regency, West Sumatra can produce 80 MW. The contractor is PT Supreme Energy Muaralaboh, at a cost of US $ 360 million.