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Geothermal power in Indonesia is an increasingly significant source of renewable energy. As a result of its volcanic geology, it is often reported that Indonesia has 40% of the world's potential geothermal resources, estimated at 28,000 megawatts (MW).This could in reality be more if we take into account the hidden and non-volcanic geothermal potential. Unfortunately, only 5% of the geothermal potential has been developed.
Indonesia also has an abundance of coal which allows coal fired power plants to be developed with very little risk and considerable cost savings when compared to the costs of a geothermal plant. The main constraint is the high risk that is associated with exploration to discover where the main reservoir is located, surface manifestations are indications only.
Therefore, investors are reluctant to become involved in the early stages of geothermal development until such time that the geothermal potential has been proven.
The only solution to this is to explore and think differently with technology that allows the geothermal potential to be known, even before applying for a license. By understanding the potential of not only a working area but the full potential of Indonesia will attract both local and international investors. This means that the government has to take the initiative and supply the developers with solid information, which means that the government has to adapt to doing things differently, change the regulations that will allow the potential that Indonesia has to become reality.
It is hoped that the conference will discuss some of these issues as well as other related topics that are relevant to the power production of geothermal from upstream to downstream.
PT. PLN Gas & Geothermal
Faculty of Earth and Energy Technology
Department of Petroleum Engineering, Universitas Trisakti