Thu, 25 Nov 2010

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) is developing 765 megawatt (MW) of potential geothermal energy. The project, said Zainal Ilmie Bachrun, the Planning and Development director of PGE, is part of the geothermal energy long term development to produce 1.342 megawatt by 2014.

The projects are in Ulubelu I and II (110 MW), Lumut Balai I and II (110 MW), Lahendong IV (20 MW), Lahendong V and VI (40 MW), Hulu Lais I and II (110 MW), Kotamobagu I and II (40 MW), Sungai Penuh I (55 MW), Karaha I (30 MW), Kamojang V (30 MW), Ulubelu III and IV (110 MW), and Lumut Balai III and IV (110 MW).

In addition, Pertamina has yet to produce the plans to develop 307 megawatt of geothermal energy.

To be noted, Indonesia has 40 percent of the world’s geothermal potential. There are around 250 geothermal sites with a potential of 28000 MW.

Sugiharto Harsoprayitno, the director of Geothermal Energy Development at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, said that so far, geothermal energy development has faced problems because there is no certainty about the price. Therefore, it is hard to reach an agreement between geothermal investors and PLN, thestate-owned electricity company.