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Patuha plant in Indonesia expected to come online late 2014

Kawah Putih, Patuha Volcano, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (source: flickr/ Marzuki Kamal, ceative commons)
Francisco Rojas 27 Aug 2014

The Patuha geothermal plant’s development was started in 2012 and the first unit is expected to be delivering electricity by the end of the current year.

The development of two major geothermal power plant projects has been progressing well in recent months, and one of the projects is expected to begin commercial operations before the end of this year, says an official.

One of this projects is the Patuha Geothermal power plant. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy director general, Rida Mulyana, said among a number of geothermal projects, most of which are stalled for various reasons, the first unit of the Patuha geothermal power plant was expected to start delivering electricity before the end of this year.

“Patuha is now in the process of synchronization with PLN [state-owned company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara] electricity systems. Synchronization takes around a month before it can reach a COD [commercial operations date],” Rida said.

The plant is expected to start operations in October.

The Patuha geothermal plant’s development was started in 2012. The first of three units of the Patuha plant, which is located in West Java, will have 55 megawatts (MW) in capacity.

Source: Jakarta Post Website