Jambi (ANTARA News) - The Kerinci district government plans to build a geothermal power plant with a capacity of 2x55 megawatts to meet rising power needs in Jambi province.
"Jambi province will need 275 MW of electrical power in the next five years, almost a two-fold increase from the current peak load of 150 MW," Irmansyah Herman, the head of the Jambi provincial mining and energy office, said here on Thursday.
He said 110 MW of the province`s power needs was currently supplied by power plants owned by state power utilities PT PLN in Jambi and the remaining 40 percent by the Ombilin hydro-power plant in neighboring West Sumatra province.
To meet power demand on its own, the Jambi provincial government was making constant efforts to develop power plants by taking advantage of potential natural resources such as water, coal and geothermal energy, he said.
He said the 2x55 MW capacity geothermal power plant would be built at Lempur village, Gunung Raya subdistrict, Kerinci district, by state oil and gas company PT Pertamina.
Pertamina was expected to embark on geothermal drilling activities at the village next year, he said.
He said PT Bukaka Teknik Utama was also determined to continue the construction of a hydro power plant with a capacity of 2x90 MW in Jambi.