The Lumut Balai geothermal power plant has been rendered operational after a lot of project delays and cost overruns.
It is one of the biggest power plants in terms of capacity in Indonesia, and the installed capacity of the plant is about 55 Megawatts, which now brings the total installed capacity of geothermal power in the country to about 2,003 Megawatts.
The Lumut Balai PLTP is situated in Muara Enim Regency in south Sumatra and was established at the cost of US $ 248 Million, this project was initially expected to be commercial in July of this year, but delays rendered it dysfunctional up until now.
The statement was made by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), which sighted that the geothermal ability of the country has continued to grow amidst tensions in the global economic slowdown, which has also hit Indonesia for the better part of two years now.
The government agency sighted that apart from the operational plant at Lumut Balai, the country is also targeting three more power plants to be operational this year with the increase in the power output capacity estimated at about 180 MW.
Being in the volcanic activity belt of the geographical tectonic plate structure, Indonesia has the capacity to lead the world in geothermal power and showcase it for the future of the world as non-renewables have taken a backseat in the recent years in terms of meeting energy demands of the world.
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