Indonesia will see the start of operation of three new geothermal power plants with a combined generation capacity of 62 MW.
Earlier this week, the Geothermal Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Tisnaldi, said “that the government expected three geothermal plants to start producing this year including those in Patuha and Cibuni in West Java, and Ulumbu in Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara. “We hope these plants will help alleviate the lack of electricity problem,” he said.
The Patuha, Cibuni and Ulumbu plants are part of the second phase of a project in adding 10,000 megawatts of electricity to PLN’s capacity. About 40 percent of that target is expected to be sourced from geothermal energy. The project aims to give access to electricity to all Indonesian households by 2020, compared to a little more than 80 percent rate last year.