Pertamina plans to drill 33 wells as part of ambitious development plan
Pertamina Geothermal Energy plans to drill 33 geothermal wells this year, which is part of the a bigger development program of about 660 MW in capacity planned.
Reported from Indonesia, “PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy plans to drill 33 geothermal wells this year, which is part of the second stage of the 10,000 megawatt power plant project.
“The plants will start to operate from 2011 until 2014,” said Pertamina Geothermal Energy Operation Director M. Irhas to Tempo at Chevron Geothermal Indonesia, last Saturday.
According to him, the drilling cost is between US$4.5 million and US$6.7 million for one well.
In 2009, Pertamina had already finished drilling in 23 geothermal wells.
The areas worked on by Pertamina are in South Sumatra, precisely in Lumut Balai with a capacity of 4 x 55 megawatts, Ulubelu (Lampung) with a capacity of 4 x 55 megawatts, Hululais (Bengkulu) with a capacity of 2 x 55 megawatts and Penuh River (Jambi) with a capacity of 2 x 55 megawatts.
Power plant development is also being carried out in Lahendong with a capacity of 3 x 20 megawatts and Kotamobagu of 4 x 20 megawatts, both situated in Manado, North Sulawesi.
In West Java there will be the development of Kamojang Unit 5, which will produce 30 MW of electricity and the Karaha Bodas development of 30 MW.
According to him the project development is to be fully carried out by Pertamina until it is in its electricity form.
The electricity produced will be channeled to state-owned power firm PLN to fulfill national energy needs.
“The project contract is for 30 years,” he said.
Chevron Geothermal spokesperson, Poespo Oetomo, said that they will build new wells in two locations in Darajat Mountain area, Garut, West Java.
In each location there will be two to three drillings. The well construction is planned to be build mid-year. The goal of the well construction at minimum to maintain electricity production. The production now reaches 260 MW.”
Source: Tempo Interactive