Indonesia expects an addition of 255 MW geothermal capacity in 2018

Indonesia expects an addition of 255 MW geothermal capacity in 2018 Mount Slamet, Central Java, Indonesia (source: flickr/ stwn, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 16 Jan 2018

With additions at Sarulla, Ulubelu, Karaha and Sorik Marapai, Indonesia expects to reach 2,064 MW in geothermal power generation capacity in 2018.

Indonesia expects to continue its recent growth of geothermal power generation capacity outranking the Philippines on number two in the rankings of the top geothermal energy power producing companies.

With the second unit of the Sarulla geothermal power plant adding an additional 110 MW in 2017, Indonesia is 59 MW shy of reaching the installed geothermal power generation capacity of the Philippines.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Indonesia, has raised its targets to be achieved by 2025 to 5,000 MW. In 2018, the Ministry expects an addition of 255 MW in geothermal capacity. This is to be achieved with the addition of Sarulla Unit 3 (110 MW), Ulubelu Unit 4 (55 MW), Karaha Unit 1 (30 MW), and the Sorik Marapi Modular (20 MW).

With no extraordinary issues, such as possible natural disasters, the ministry is hopeful that the production target for this year can be achieved.


Indonesia remains to be hopeful on its renewable energy development. Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants hydropower and geothermal power to account for 25 percent of the nation’s power supply. In an attempt to attract private investment in Indonesia’s renewable energy sector, the government issued a ministerial regulation on the initial survey procedure (PSP) and exploration (PSPE) and simplified procedures for obtaining exploration licenses through a one-stop integrated service center at the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). The government also urges state-owned enterprises to increase investment in this sector.

Source: Indonesia Investment