Geothermal Power Plant Development is Absolutely Necessary

By : Hariyanto And Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, December 30 2017 - 16:00 IWST

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INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The development of geothermal or geothermal energy generation is absolutely necessary in order to realize the ideals of the Republic of Indonesia in achieving national energy sovereignty.

"For Indonesia, geothermal energy development is absolutely necessary if we want to achieve the national goal of energy self-sufficiency and become the largest geothermal power producer in the world," said Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Agus Hermanto in the release, in Jakarta, Saturday (30/12/2017).

For that, he said, it is also very welcome and supports investors both in the field of energy that helps the development of science and technology nationwide.

Previously, Vice Chairman of House Commission VII Herman Khaeron stated, the development of geothermal power will become the main alternative in the future and in line with the growing use of renewable energy sources in the global level today.

"I am confident that this (geothermal) will be the main alternative in the future," said Herman Khaeron.

According to him, the main thing that matters at this moment is how to provide geothermal energy the right and full legal umbrella.

In addition to the existing Geothermal Law, he added, there must also be a complete shelter towards the implementation of renewable energy.

He explained, Indonesia as an archipelago country called "Ring of Fire" certainly has great potential of geothermal energy that can be used as a source of electrical energy.

He also said geothermal or geothermal potential has a potential of up to 29,000 megawatts (MW) across the archipelago but newly installed around 1,600 MW.

Previously, as reported by Antara, the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) reviewed the application of small-scale geothermal power plant (PLTP) technology to remote areas in Indonesia.

"Actually, geothermal potential exists in many places in Indonesia, should be utilized for the needs of local communities, especially for border areas and remote areas," said Head of BPPT, Superior Priyanto during a working visit to the Lahendong Geothermal Power Plant, or Lahendong Binary Plant, Tomohon, North Sulawesi.

Geothermal energy, said the Head of BPPT Unggul, becomes an option to replace the diesel energy that is still used in archipelago areas such as East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, and in Maluku which is still inadequate.

According to him, geothermal power plants can actually be more economical if all components are manufactured by domestic companies.

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