Friday, April 1, 2016

Indonesia: 11 Geothermal Working Areas Offered to State Owned Enterprises

Govt Assigns 11 Geothermal Work Areas to SOEs (

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will assign state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to manage 11 geothermal working areas this year. The goal is to reach the 16-percent geothermal energy mix in the acceleration of the 35,000 MW power plan project until 2019.

"A number of SOEs have submitted their applications," Saefulhak Yunus, director of geothermal energy, told Tempo yesterday.

According to Yunus, Pertamina is proposing to work on five geothermal areas, PLN applies for four work areas, while PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero) asks for two. Tafif Azimudin, corporate secretary Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), confirmed that the company has asked to manage five geothermal work areas.

As of today, the Energy Ministry has not revealed which 11 geothermal working will be assigned to the three SOEs. The Ministry is still reviewing their proposals; verifying them with the statuses of the 11 geothermal areas, which means that the number of areas to be assigned is subject to change.

The government's plan to assign SOEs to manage the 11 geothermal working areas is part of the Energy Ministry's target to offer 27 geothermal areas with a total capacity of 1,535 MW until 2017. The paperwork for the management of the other 16 work areas is being prepared. Of the 27 work areas offered, five have been offered to the public.

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