JAKARTA (RAMBUENERGY.com) – State electricity company PT PLN has been asked by the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arcandra Tahar to further develop Ulumbu geothermal working area (WK) in Manggarai Regency and Mataloko geothermal working area in Ngada Regency, both on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara province.
The instruction was made on the sideline of the 4th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition 2016 in Jakarta in mid week. The development of the two WKs are part of the government’s drive to develop 7,000 MW of geothermal power plants by 2025.
PLTP Ulumbu is targeted to have capacity of 50 MW and PLTP Mataloko 22.5 MW. The projects, once completed could supply electricity not only Flores Island but also the NTT province as a whole by 2020.
At present PLTP Ulumbu unit I has been in operation with capacity of 10 MW, while PLTP Mataloko at 2.5 MW.
The power plants are expected to resolve power shortage on the Flores Island as well as improve the electrification, as many parts of the Island are yet to have electricity. In addition, the electricity need is projected to increase given the growth of hotels and cottages in tourism spots such as Labuan Bajo. (*)