JAKARTA (RambuEnergy.com) – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said it expects Baturaden geothermal power plant (PLTP Baturaden) in Central Java with planned installed capacity of 220 MW to start commercial operation (COD) in 2023 or early 2024.
Director for Geothermal at the Directorate for New, Renewable and Energy Conservation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Yunus Saefulhak, made the announcement when visiting the site last Thursday (Apr 13). The visit was accompanied by representatives from Central Java provincial government and Banyumas Regency.
The energy ministry has awarded PT Sejahtera Alam Energy (PT SAE) earlier to develop the geothermal power plant. The geothermal power plant was initially planned to be completed in 2018. However, due to delaying in the completion of the required permits, the completion of the project will also be delayed.
Project Committee of PT SAE Paulus Suparno said earlier that the company has to secured a lot of permits before moving ahead with the project.
PLTP Baturaden is part of the 10,000 MW of power plant crash program under the previous government. The project is now under exploration program.
Yunus Saefulhak said PLTP Baturaden is a strategic project as part of the government’s drive to meet the country’s growing energy need. (*)