JAKARTA (RambuEnergy.com) – Two years after signing heads of agreement, Tidal Bridge BV of Netherland and state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) subsidiary PJB, will finally begin the construction of the tidal power plant with an estimated investment of US$200 million.
The tidal energy project is the first of its kind in Indonesia as it combines tidal power plant and a bridge. Based on the project designed, tens of Tocardo T2 Turbines under the bridge structure. “We actually propose to develop a tidal power plant and bridge as a bonus,” CEO Tidal Bridge Indonesia Latif Gau told RambuEnergy.com recently.
The JV partners- Tidal Bridge BV and PJB- will build a bridge called Pancasila Palmera3vvh Bridge, with a length of 810 meters, or nearly 1 kilometers, lining the eastern tip of Flores Island and lesser island Adonara.
The first phase of the tidal power plant will have an installed capacity of 18MW to 23MW. The construction is estimated to last for two years and expected to begin commercial operation in 2020. The tidal power plant project is expected to provide electricity to 100,000 people.
After the completion of the first phase, the project will be followed by an extension and finalization of the power plants to an installed capacity of 90MW to 115MW.
Tidal Bridge BV itself is a joint venture of Strukton International and Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC).
CEO Tidal Bridge Indonesia Latif Gau told RambuEnergy.com that it takes time to convince the government and obtain necessary requirements to build the project as it involves two ministries – the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry.
He said once completed, the project will be the first tidal bridge energy project in Indonesia and perhaps the first in the world. He said the project will be financed by international financial agencies. He said if the project goes ahead smoothly, the company could build similar project elsewhere utilizing sea current.
In a final effort, Latif Gau then presented and convince the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan, where he got green-light to move ahead with the project.
On Saturday (31/3/2018), the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan visited the project location in Larantuka Strait, Flores.
“With the construction of the bridge, it is hoped that the development in Adonara can be accelerated. This is in line with the direction of President Joko Widodo,” Minister Jonan said in a statement.
The total project duration is four years and the contract value amounts up to $550 million, and once constructed, it would provide power for more than half a million people, according to Tidal Bridge BV.
This is the first project as part of the Dutch – Indonesian cooperation in the area of water work, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, the Indonesian province NTT, the Ministry of Energy, Public Works & Marine, and the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague.
A study conducted by Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), which is supported by Bandung Institute of Technology and other institutions and Artelia, recently has identified 3 zones out of the 24 sites that have been surveyed, namely Kelang Strait in Maluku, Larantuka Strait in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), and Alas Strait which separates Lombok and Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara province.
Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world with a large number of straits between islands suggesting that the potential for marine energies and especially marine currents energy is interesting.
AFD conducted a second step detailed techno-economic evaluation of the sites preselected during step 1 of the mission based on literature and worldwide tidal model.
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