Indonesia state-utility PLN establishing subsidiary to develop geothermal projects
State-owned electricity company PLN has announced the establishment of a new subsidiary that will focus on the development of projects in geothermal working areas entrusted to PLN by the Indonesian government.
In news this morning from Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that state-owned electricity firm PLN plans to boost its geothermal power generation business by setting up a new subsidiary, PLN GG to manage geothermal development. If this though includes existing geothermal operations, such as at Kamojang is so far unclear.
The new subsidiary is planned to develop geothermal projects on eight geothermal working areas assigned to PLN by the Indonesian Government. The projects have an expected development potential of around 300 MW.
According to PLN Director for Corporate Planning, Syofvi Felienty Roekman had been established because PLN is expected to focus on renewable energy development in the future.
“PLN GG will be developing those eight areas on behalf of PLN,” she said, while adding that power generation from other types of renewable sources, such as solar and wind, would be handled by other subsidiaries of PLN.
The government is reviewing PLN’s proposal to develop additional three geothermal working areas.
In its electricity procurement business plan (RUPTL) for the 2018-2027 period, PLN envisions the development of renewable power plants with a total capacity of 14,911-MW within the next decade. Of the figure, 4,583-MW will come from geothermal power facilities.
Indonesia aims to increase the installed capacity of its geothermal power plants from 1,838.5- MW last year to 2,058.5-MW in 2018 and 7,200-MW in 2025.
Source: The Jakarta Post