The Indonesian government plans to offer up to 30 geothermal working areas from 2016 to 2018 in order to speed up the country’s geothermal development. According to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Director for Geothermal Energy, Yunus Saefulhak, Indonesia’s potential geothermal power amounts to 29,000 MW spread across 300 locations.
At the 4th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (Aug 10-12, 2016), Yunus, explained that of a total of 69 working areas, only nine produce power installed with a capacity of 1,493 MW. “At the end of 2016, we expect to achieve 1,653 MW from three geothermal power plants”, Yunus said at the event. Via a bidding process starting from 2016 to 2018, the geothermal working areas on offer are: Aceh (1), North Sumatra (2), West Sumatra (2), Jambi (1), South Sumatra and Lampung (1), Bengkulu (3), West Java (3), Banten (1), Central Java (1), East Java (4), West Nusa Tenggara (2), East Nusa Tenggara (2), Central Sulawesi (2), Southeast Sulawesi (1), Gorontalo (1) and North Maluku (3).
Public utility firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has been appointed by the Indonesian government to develop the Ulumbu and Mataloko geothermal working areas in East Nusa Tenggara, who hold capacities of 50 MW and 22.5 MW, respectively. PLN director Sofyan Basir has committed to completing the assignment by early 2020.