Tue, 27 Oct 2009
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Energy and Mineral Resources Departement revealed that the government is raising the portion of geothermal energy in the second phase of 10,000 megawatt power plant projects following instruction by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week, to reduce reliance on coal in power generation.

“Some of the coal power plant projects will be switched to geothermal plant projects,” Director General of Electricity and Energy Use Jacobus Purwono said on Monday. he said his office is now evaluating some of the projects to be switched to geothermal projects.

The initial second batch of 10,000 megawatt power plants includes geothermal plants with total capacity of 4,733 megawatt, coal-based plants with 2,616 megawatt, gas-based plants with 1,440 megawatt, and water-based plant with 1,174 megawatt.

Purwono also said a draft of the presidential regulation on the second batch power plants have been proposed to the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy. The draft includes proposal to designate which power plants to supply electricity to the State Electricity Company (Perusahaan Listrik Negara) and which ones to supply for private demand.

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