The world's largest geothermal energy producer, Chevron Corp., officially opened the third unit of its Darajat power plant in Garut, West Java, on Tuesday (14/8/07), providing electricity to an additional 700,000 homes, The Jakarta Post reported.
The Darajat III geothermal power plant boosted capacity at Chevron's Darajat geothermal complex by 110 MW to 259 MW, the company said in a statement.
If the power output in the Darajat power plant is combined with its Salak geothermal plant, also located in West Java, Chevron can provide electricity to about 3.9 million homes.
Indonesia geothermal resource base is believed to be able to produce over 27,700 MW of electricity, or 40% of the world's reserve.
To expand its renewable energy operations in Indonesia this year, Chevron has allocated more than $100 million for the development of renewable and alternative energy from 2007 through 2009.