First tests conducted on 10 MW Dieng geothermal plant

First tests conducted on 10 MW Dieng geothermal plant Testing kicked off 10 MW Dieng geothermal plant, April 2021 (source: Geo Dipa Energi)
Alexander Richter 24 Apr 2021

Geo Dipa Energi conducted first tests of its new small-scale 10 MW Dieng geothermal power plant in Central Java with start of commercial operations imminent.

Indonesian state-owned geothermal developer and operator PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero) announces having conducted a First Blow Small Scale event as a trial phase before the 10 MW Dieng Small Scale Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) officially operates. The activity was carried out in the PLTP Small Scale area located in Siterus Hamlet, Sikunang Village, Kejajar Subdistrict, Wonosobo Regency, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, so the company in its release. Toshiba won the contract for the 10 MW project back in 2019 with a planned start for March 2021.

PLTP Small Scale Dieng is Indonesia’s first small-scale generator which had been targeted to operate commercially by the end of 2020. With the plant GeoDipa will increase its electricity production supply by 130 MW. This additional supply is the fulfillment of GeoDipa’s obligation to develop the Dieng area contract up to 400 MW.

GeoDipa’s Director of Commercial Operations and Development, Dodi Herman, explained that a small scale project with a capacity of 10 MW can be a pilot for small-scale geothermal power plants in other areas. This is also expected to be able to provide economic improvement benefits. In addition, the project development carried out by GeoDipa is a development carried out in a sustainable manner to support the achievement of energy development targets, especially environmentally friendly geothermal.

“As the only directly state-owned company (BUMN) in the geothermal sector in Indonesia, GeoDipa is committed to be able to meet the target of using new renewable energy into electricity through the utilization of geothermal potential,” he said.

The 10 MW Dieng Small Scale PLTP has also been included in the RUPTL national strategic program (2019-2018), the 2017-2025 EBTKE Geothermal Road Map, even including the Priority Activities for Monitoring President Jokowi’s Staff Office which is always monitored to increase the Installed Capacity of PLTP in Indonesia.

10 MW Dieng geothermal plant, Central Java (source: Geo Dipa/ Instagram)

Check out a few more pictures on Geo Dipa’s Instagram account, here.

“Geothermal development as a renewable energy source is very important in ensuring sustainability and energy security, one of which is as a supplier of electrical energy in Indonesia. The construction of the 10 MW Dieng Small Scale PLTP is also one of the efforts and commitments made by GeoDipa to support government programs, “said Dodi.

This USD 21 million project is also in synergy with the Special Mission Vehicle (SMV) under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, in which the project financing obtains a loan from PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) “PT SMI”.

First Blow Small Scale Turbine is an experimental stage of turbine operation but there is no electricity loading, meaning that the activity of rotating this turbine has not yet produced electrical energy.

The event was also attended by the President Director & CEO of PT. Inti Karya Persada Teknik, Yasuhiro Hime, Director of Project Development & Consulting Services, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero), Mohammad Ghozie Indra Dalel, Representative of the Director General of State Assets, Representative of the Directorate General of EBTKE,

In addition to the First Blow Small Scale activity, GeoDipa also provided assistance in the form of 4830 basic food packages for underprivileged residents and compensation to 100 orphans in the work area of PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero) Unit D.

Source: Company announcement