PT Supreme Energy Rantau Dedap (SERD), which is developing a geothermal power plant in South Sumatra, started drilling its first well in Tunggal Bute village, Muara Enim, on Monday.
SERD business relations manager Ismoyo Argo said it would take three to three and a half years to build the geothermal power plant.
“Our target is that we will be able to test the well by September,” Ismoyo said, adding that the potential capacity of the wells would only be known after testing.
SERD, a consortium consisting of PT Supreme Energy, GDF Suez and Marubeni Corporation, has planned to drill five 2,400-meter-deep wells, the drilling of which will take 45 days each.
The geothermal wells themselves are expected to start operating in 2018. They are expected to power two plants, each producing 110 megawatts (MW) to overcome an electricity shortage in the province.