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Indonesia the largest geothermal producer in the world by 2021

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Tinuku ~ Indonesia is projected to have the world's largest geothermal power by 2021. The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources says Indonesia will become the world's largest geothermal power producer by 2021 with geothermal power capacity utilizing natural resource potential abundant in the country and as long as it has not been utilized at all.

Tinuku Indonesia the largest geothermal producer in the world by 2021

Director of Geothermal at Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Yunus Saefulhak, said the growth of geothermal plants operating is getting higher. By 2021 they have an installed capacity 3,559.5 Megawatts (MW) or an increase 116.58 percent compared to the end of last year 1,643.5 MW.

Indonesia's position is driven by the stagnation of capacity in the United States as the largest in the world today at 3,450 MW. Meanwhile, capacity in Philippines as the world's second largest geothermal power producer will decline from the current number of 1,870 MW.

"In 2021, the installed capacity of geothermal power Indonesia will overtake the US. In 2018, Indonesia's plan has preceded the Philippines," said Saefulhak, Friday, July 7, 2017.

Saefulhak said the highest plant capacity growth will occur in 2020 where 866 MW of power plants are being installed. The power plants operating in that year came from the Power Purchase Agreement carried out in 2010 such as in Muara Laboh owned by Supreme Energy and Sokoria in East Nusa Tenggara.

"Indeed, the development of geothermal is very long, it takes seven to 10 years since Power Purchase Agreement so this plant enter the COD period," said Saefulhak.

Indonesia is very aggressive developing geothermal in the next few years and they are optimistic all new projects will run on time. In 2017 additional 215 MW power capacity with 110 MW from Sarulla, 30 MW from Karaha, 20 MW from Sorik Marapi and 55 MW from Ulubelu Unit 4.

"A lot of acceleration, like in Sorik Marapi that should have been built by 2019 but has been built this year, despite the new capacity of 30 MW from 240 MW plan," Saefulhak said.

State electricity company, PLN, in 2016 to 2025 plans the proportion of geothermal power supply of 40.82 percent of all 7422 MW of renewable energy generation by 2025.

The installed capacity until the end of this year could reach 1,908.5 MW. This figure increased 26.09 percent from last year's position of 1,513.5 MW. Geothermal potential of 29,544 MW and utilization until the end of 2016 only reached 5.61 percent, while in the next 2025 Indonesia expects operational capacity to reach 7,241 MW.


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