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Drilling commences at Ijen geothermal project, East Java, Indonesia

Drilling start at Ijen project, East Java, Indonesia (source: Medco Power)
Alexander Richter 1 Apr 2020

Medco Cahaya Geothermal, a joint venture by PT Medco Power and Ormat Technologies, has commenced drilling of exploration wells for the planned 110 MW Ijen geothermal power project in East Java, Indonesia.

As reported locally today in Indonesia, PT Medco Power Indonesia, through its subsidiary Medco Cahaya Geothermal (MCG), commenced drilling activities for IJN 6-1. This is the first of a total of four wells planned in the exploration phase for the development of the Blawan Ijen Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP), East Java, with a planned capacity of 110 MW.

Medco Power’s Managing Director, Eka Satria, explained that the drilling of the first well will soon continue with the drilling of the second well. Drilling of the two wells will be carried out to reach a depth of 2,500-3,000 meters.

“This drilling activity is planned to last until the end of 2020. This is a continuation of the results of drilling two slim hole wells that have been done before,” said Eka.

He also said that the commencement of the well drilling was Medco Power’s commitment to develop an environmentally friendly geothermal power plant following the previous Sarulla 330 MW PLTP project in North Tapanuli.

Medco Cahaya Geothermal is a joint venture between Medco Power Indonesia and Ormat Geothermal Power which has an Electricity Sales and Purchase Agreement (PJBTL) with PT PLN (Persero) for a period of 30 years. Unit 1 PLTP is targeted to operate commercially in the coming year 2022 -2023.

Founded in 2004, Medco Power is an independent power plant manufacturer under the Medco Energy business group. Operating in the IPP and O&M sectors, Medco Power owns and operates power plants with a total capacity (gross) of more than 3,100 MW in 20 locations in Indonesia.

In addition to Ijen, Medco Power is developing the Riau (natural gas project) project with a capacity of 275 MW.

Source: PetroMiner