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Indonesia govt offers two geothermal WKs to Pertamina and PLN

JAKARTA ( – The Indonesia government said it is offering two geothermal working areas (WKs) to state owned energy company PT Pertamina and state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

Director for Geothermal at the Directorate General for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) Yunus Saifulhak said the two companies have the option to add two WKs after securing six WKs earlier.

Earlier, the energy ministry offered 8 WKs, 6 of which have attracted the interest of Pertamina, PLN and PT Geodipa Energi. The six WKs have combined capacity of 1,200 MW.

Pertamina is interested to develop three WKs, including Kotamobagu and Iyang Argopuro WKs, which were previously developed by Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), subsidiary of Pertamina. The two WKs have been previously handed back to the government.

PLN is reportedly to have been interested to develop Tulehu WK with capacity of 2×5 MW and Sembalun WK with capacity of potential capacity of 60 MW. PLN has been earlier given a task by the government to develop Mataloko geothermal project in Ngada, Flores with capacity of 3×10 MW and Ulumbu geothermal project with capacity of 2×5 MW in Manggarai Regency, Flores Island. PLTP Ulumbu’s capacity could be raised to 30 MW.

The government targets to attain 23% of renewable energy in the country’s energy mixed by 2025. Geothermal energy contribution to the country’s enery mixed consumption is projected to increase to 3.63 percent by 2025, with total capacity of 7,200 MW.

Indonesia’s installed geothermal capacity at the moment reached only 1,403.5 MW, far below potential of 29,475.5 MW. (*)

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