Monday, December 21, 2015

Indonesia: Government Offers Up Contracts for 95 MW of Geothermal Energy Development

Govt opens bidding for 3 geothermal power plants (Jakarta Post)

The Indonesian government has opened tender processes for the development contracts of geothermal power plants in three provinces.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry announced on Friday the geothermal power plant contracts for Way Ratai, Lampung (55 MW); Marana, Central Sulawesi (20 MW) and Gunung Talang Bukit Kili, West Sumatra (20 MW).

“The bidding process is expected to be completed in April or May next year,” said Yunus Saifulhak, the director of geothermal energy at the new-renewable energy and energy conservation office.

Exploration is estimated to take around five years before construction of the power plants can start. Thus, the three geothermal sites are expected to start producing electricity in 2022.

The open bids follow this year’s two previous bids for a Danau Ranau project in South Sulawesi and a Gunung Lawu project in East Java. An open tender for Danau Ranau needs to be re-launched as only one proposal was received for it. Under the new tender, the Danau Ranau geothermal plant’s capacity estimation has been lowered to 40 MW from 110 MW due to different temperature calculation, according to Yunus.

Meanwhile, the tender for the Gunung Lawu plant has entered its second stage with three companies in the running.

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