Tue, 11 May 2010

Bandung, W Java (ANTARA News) - The West Java government is to offer opportunities to invest in geothermal energy development to New Zealand to speed up its regional electrification program, a provincial official said.

"Only 20 percent of West Java`s geothermal energy potential of 6.101 MW is currently being utilized and therefore we will invite investors to conduct geothermal explorations on `business-to- business` basis," West Java Governor H Ahmad Heryawan said here Monday.

He said he would visit New Zealand May 10-14, 2010 to discuss the matter with local government officials and businessmen.

He pointed out West Java had huge geothermal energy potential because it was geographically located in an area with many volcanoes. Therefore, the West Java administration would now promote the province`s geothermal energy potential among investors and continue to do so over the next few years.

So far, he said, electricity was available in only 64.5 percent of West Java`s land territory.

"Geothermal energy development is expected to speed up West Java`s electrification program while the region contributes some 4.654 MW to the Java-Bali power supply network," the governor said.

Besides offering West Java`s geothermal energy potentials, Heryawan would also promote several infrastructure and plantation projects during his visit to New Zealand. (*)