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4,000 to 5,000 MW New Geothermal for Indonesia by 2015

Indonesia has set the ambitious goal of adding 4,000 to 5,000 MW of new geothermal energy capacity by about 2015. It is currently operating about 1,200 MW. Its total potential is much higher at 29,000 MW. This number has been estimated to be about forty percent of the world’s total geothermal potential. (However, there may be more resources to be discovered and new technologies developed which increase that potential.)


Another goal Indonesia has is 10,000 MW of geothermal by 2025. If it achieves this one, up to 800,000 people could be employed by the creation and operation of the new plants.

Foreign companies are already playing a role in Indonesia’s geothermal energy. Mitsubishi Corporation is committed to acquiring a twenty percent share of the company that manages the largest geothermal facility in the country. British Petroleum has been given permission to explore 28 locations around the nation to research geothermal potential. The largest geothermal energy producer there is Chevron Corporation, and it said it welcomes the competition with BP, should it arise.

Panax Geothermal has three major geothermal projects there to begin production in the next several years. They are based in Australia.

The largest Indonesian geothermal plant is Wayang Windu located in West Java. There are two units in operation with a capacity of 227 MW. By the middle of 2013, another 127 MW is planned to be added. It is already one of the largest geothermal plants in the world.

Indonesia is one of the top five geothermal energy countries on the planet. The United States is in the top position, with the Philippines in second.

Image Credit: Jurema Oliveira

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