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Second unit of Sarulla Geothermal project starts commercial operation

JAKARTA (RambuEnergy.com) – INPEX Corporation (INPEX) announced on Tuesday (Oct 10) that its subsidiary INPEX Geothermal Sarulla, Ltd., has commenced commercial operations of the second unit of the Sarulla Geothermal Independent Power Producer (IPP) Project, the world’s largest single-contract geothermal power project located in North Sumatra Province, Indonesia.

With the commencement of commercial operations of the second unit, the project’s total output generated by the first and second units will amount to approximately 220MW, Inpex Geothermal said in a statement.

The Project’s total power generation volume, which will be approximately 330MW, will sustain 2.1 million households in Indonesia.

The sales of power generated from the Project’s first unit have already begun.

Construction of the geothermal power plant, which will have a combined output of approximately 330MW, began in 2014 and the first unit with a capacity of approximately 110MW commenced commercial operations in March 2017.

Subsequently, the project partners moved ahead with construction work etc., on the second and third units aimed at the commencement of commercial operations in sequence, resulting in the commercial startup of the second unit at this time.

As with the first unit, power generated from the second unit is scheduled to be sold to Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Indonesia’s government-owned electricity company for a period of 30 years. The new supply of electricity generated from this project is expected to contribute to the economic development of Indonesia, where demand for electricity is growing.

The subsidiaries of INPEX, ITOCHU Corporation, Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. of Japan, PT Medco Power of Indonesia and Ormat Technologies of the US as well as Sarulla Operations Ltd., the operating company for the Project jointly established by these subsidiaries, will continue to work toward commencing commercial operations of the third unit in 2018, it said.

INPEX said it will continue to proactively pursue the “reinforcement of its renewable energy initiatives,” which is one of the growth targets outlined in the company’s Medium- to Long-term Vision.

Project Highlight:

  • Title :  Sarulla Geothermal Independent Power Producer (IPP)
  • Project Location :  Sarulla, North Sumatra, Republic of Indonesia
  • Expected total output :  Approximately 330MW (3 units)
  • Operating company :  Sarulla Operations Ltd.
  • Shareholders of operating company : Kyushu Electric Power Co., Ltd. 25%,  ITOCHU Corporation 25%, PT Medco Power Indonesia 18.9975%,  INPEX CORPORATION 18.2525%,  Ormat Technologies, Inc. 12.75%

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