JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – PT Pertamina Geothermal Energi (PGE) said it has started the commercial operation of its geothermal power plant PLTP Kamojang Unit 5 in Garut, West Java, Indonesia’s first and oldest geothermal plant in the country. The construction of the power plant has been completed two months ahead of schedule.
The company has spent US$ 104 million, lower than initial estimation of US$175 million, to develop the geothermal power plant which has a capacity of 1×35 MW.
PGE said the power plant has started delivering electricity to the state electricity company PT PLN on Jun 29, 2015, at 00.00 Western Indonesian Time.
Pertamina said the project is now ready to be officially inaugurated and strengthen the national electricity supply.
“This is a milestone for Pertamina as Pertamina developed the project from drilling until producing electricity for PLN. Pertamina hopes the development of geothermal plants in the future will be a lot faster,” said VP Corporate Communication of Pertamina Wianda Pusponegoro.
For PLTP Kamojang Unit 1,2,3, PGE only produces steams, which were sent to geothermal plants managed and operated by Indonesia Power, a unit of PLN.
PGE Area Kamojang expects to get additional revenues of US$19 million following the operation of the PLTP Kamojang Unit 5. The operation of the PLTP Kamojang’s capacity has now increased to 235 MW from 200 MW previously.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Kamojang Unit 5 geothermal plant was constructed by PT Rekayasa Industri.
PLTP Kamojang Unit 1, 2 and 3 has combined capacity of 140 MW and Unit 4 has the capacity of 60 MW. PGE sells 6.2 cents per KwH of steam to PT Indonesia Power. PGE supplies 1,100 tons per hour of steam to Indonesia Power in order to produce 140 MW of power.
As for Unit 4, 432 tons of steam per hour to produce 60 MW of electricity. (*)