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Geothermal Investment: Vice President Asks Simplified Rules

In order to encourage geothermal investment, Vice President Jusuf Kalla requested that the procedures and rules in the field be made easier.

It was said by the Vice President JK when opening The5th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition (IIGCE) 2017, Wednesday (02/08/2017).

“Today we need investment. So many are actually here to invest in renewable energy, because the procedure and the way should be more simple, better to meet those requirements, “said JK when opening the event.

Moreover, the Vice President said the people’s electricity demand in the future is increasing, but the fossil energy is limited. Renewable energy becomes the answer to provide the fulfillment of electricity needs in the future as well as environmentally friendly and healthy for the community.

“Because it is possible that the fossil source is easier on this day, but today is also due to geopolitics growing inflated oil and gas prices at the same time,” explains JK.

Vice President JK said geothermal energy source in Indonesia is very potential considering the number of volcanoes from Sabang to Merauke.

“Indonesia has a good capacity God is always fair, high risk but many benefits We have many volcanoes means a lot of geothermal potential,” said JK.

On that occasion, Vice President JK also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding and submission of the assignment assignment of Geothermal Working Areas (WKP) in several locations.

The WKP is Mount Arjuno Wilerang in East Java with a capacity of 110 MW and Telomoyo Temple of Central Java with a capacity of 55 MW, which involves PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero).

Meanwhile, WKP Atadei in NTT has a capacity of 10 MW, Songa Wayaua in North Maluku with 10 MW and Gunung Tangkuban Parahu, West Java with 60 MW capacity involving PT PLN (Persero).

Also submitted geothermal permits to 3 companies. WKP Ratai in Lampung with a capacity of 55 MW involving PT Enel Green Power Optima Way Ratai, WKP Gunung Lawu in Central Java and East Java with a capacity of 110 MW involving PT PGE Lawu and WKP Gunung Talang-Bukit Kili in West Sumatra with a capacity of 20 MW involving PT Hitay Daya Energy.

As is known, the government is targeting the achievement of new renewable energy mix (EBT) target of 23% in 2025. Indonesia’s geothermal potential reaches 28,579 MW consisting of total reserves of 17,506 MW and resources of 11,073 MW.

Currently, the installed capacity of the new Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) is 1,698.5 MW or 5.9% of the total potential for power generation.

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