Several new geothermal working areas assigned in Indonesia

Signing Ceremony during the IIGCE 2017 Opening Session, Jakarta/ Indonesia (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 3 Aug 2017

Opening the 5th IIGCE geothermal conference in Jakarta, Indonesia's Vice President witnessed the signing of MOUs and the assignment of new geothermal working areas with up to 290 MW of development potential to developers.

Opening the 5th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention & Exhibition (IIGCE) in Jakarta yesterday, Indonesia’s Vice President made clear that regulations and procedures are crucial to be made easier to encourage investment.

Indonesia needs investment to drive its energy sector and particularly into renewable energy, but this requires procedures and regulations need to be simpler to meet the requirements of the ones wanting to invest.

In his speech he further stated that people’s electricity demand in the future is increasing, but the fossil energy is limited. Renewable energy becomes the answer to provide the fulfillment of electricity needs in the future as well as environmentally friendly and healthy for the community.

With its potential due to the volcanic resources of the country, geothermal energy plays an important role in the energy future of Indonesia.

During the Opening Session, Vice President JK also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding and assignment of several Geothermal Working Areas (WKP) to developers.

The WKP is Mount Arjuno Wilerang in East Java with a capacity of 110 MW and Telomoyo Temple of Central Java with a capacity of 55 MW, assigned to PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero).

Meanwhile, WKP Atadei in NTT has a capacity of 10 MW, Songa Wayaua in North Maluku with 10 MW and Gunung Tangkuban Parahu, West Java with 60 MW capacity assigned to PT PLN (Persero).

Also submitted geothermal permits to three companies. WKP Ratai in Lampung with a capacity of 55 MW involving PT Enel Green Power Optima Way Ratai, WKP Gunung Lawu in Central Java and East Java with a capacity of 110 MW involving PT PGE Lawu and WKP Gunung Talang-Bukit Kili in West Sumatra with a capacity of 20 MW involving PT Hitay Daya Energy.

As is known, the government is targeting the achievement of new renewable energy mix (EBT) target of 23% in 2025. Indonesia’s geothermal potential reaches 28,579 MW consisting of total reserves of 17,506 MW and resources of 11,073 MW.

Currently, the installed capacity of the new Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) is 1,698.5 MW or 5.9% of the total potential for power generation.