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Japan seeks to increase cooperation on Indonesian development

Taman Hutan Raya Bung Hatta, Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia (source: flickr/ Daniel Wilder, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 25 Jun 2012

Japan expresses its commitment to help in cooperation of geothermal development in Indonesia through the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Japan is seeking to increase its cooperation with Indonesia in the field of geothermal energy development as part of efforts to find energy sources to meet its needs.

“Japan has expressed its commitment to helping in cooperation in the field of geothermal energy development here,” vice presidential spokesman Yopie Hidayat told newsmen here on Friday.

He made the statement after Vice President Boediono received the governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Hiroshi Okuda, and Japanese ambassador Yoshinori Katori.

He said the two countries could cooperate to develop geothermal and hydro-energy sources, noting the similarities in natural conditions in the two countries.

“Japan has used geothermal and hydro-energy sources to generate electricity. Japan wishes to be involved in the development of the energy resources in Indonesia,” he said.

He said Vice President Boediono welcomed the JBIC`s request, saying the Indonesian government is prioritizing environmental-friendly power plant development.

Out of the country`s second phase of the 10,000 MW development project, 4,000 MW would come from geothermal sources. “It would be very good if JBIC would participate and support it,” he said, quoting the vice president.

Besides power plant development, the vice president also explained about the basic development projects such as infrastructure, energy and non-infrastructure projects which are still widely needed in the country.

Source: Antara News via Cempaka