ESDM in Indonesia striving to not revoke licenses for geothermal working areas
Following recent news on the revoking of geothermal licenses, ESDM in Indonesia, points out it is not striving to revoke licenses given the high investment and development risk involved in geothermal development.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), through the Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), admitted that it continues to work to keep geothermal projects running and is striving to no longer revoke geothermal working area licenses.
ESDM Ministry’s Geothermal Director Ida Nurhayatin Finahari said in 2019 the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources ended the geothermal permit for three geothermal working areas (WKP) namely Tampomas WKP, Guci WKP and Cisolok Cisukarame WKP.
“With regard to the three WKPs, the termination is due to the expiration of the implementation period of the concession,” Ida explained.
She explained, his party was trying so that this year there would be no revocation of WKP permits given the relatively large investment and high development risk.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is currently preparing a geothermal exploration program by the government for the 2020-2024 period which includes exploration drilling.
Ida ensured that the program is now beginning preparations for its activities, preparation of governance, outreach and coordination with stakeholders and preparation of environmental documents.
According to Ida, his party also continues to focus on overseeing geothermal projects this year. Entering the new normal phase, he ensured that the project would continue to be optimized.
“The geothermal project is still ongoing and it is expected that the target to increase the installed capacity of 140 MW in 2020 is still possible to be achieved from the fields of Rantau Dedap, Sorik Marapi and Sokoria,” explained Ida.
She revealed, the work of geothermal projects is certain to continue to follow the existing health protocols although it is inevitable that an adjustment needs to be made because of the mobility of personnel and equipment.