TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Sarulla geothermal power plant unit I with a capacity of 110 megawatts (MW) is scheduled to reach its commercial operation date (COD) in December. “Sarulla unit 1 will operate on December 2016,” said the Director for Geothermal of Energy Ministry Yunus Saefulhak, Monday, June 20, 2016.
Whereas power plant unit two and three which has the same capacity each will operate in phases in 2017 and 2018. “A total of 330 MW is a large capacity and it can help [to overcome] electricity problem in Sumatra,” Yunus said.
Sarulla plant is the largest geothermal power plant in the second phase of Fast Track Program to develop 10,000 MW electricity generation, almost 50 percent of which are geothermal-based. Sarulla geothermal power plant is the world’s largest single-contract geothermal power plant and will accelerate the achievement of electrification target in Indonesia.
The project requires roughly US$1.5 billion of investment, financed by private sector participation—lead by Medco Energy in a consortium with Itochu, Kyushu, and Ormat— encompassing 20 percent equity and 80 percent loan financing from Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC), through an independent power producer (IPP) scheme.