Indonesia has 27,000 MW of potential geothermal energy sources

Denpasar, Bali (Antara News) - Indonesia has potential geothermal energy sources of 27,000 MegaWatt (MW) or 40 percent of the world`s total reserves, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Tuesday.

But to date only a small part of the country`s geothermal energy or 992 MW had been used, the minister said in his report to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a function marking the signing of a cooperation agreement on Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) between the energy and mineral resources ministry and Total E&F Indonesia in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Purnomo said the potential geothermal sources were expected to be developed gradually to produce clean and environment-friendly energy.

As such, geothermal energy was expected to meet the people`s need for electricity and at the same time improve their welfare.

Purnomo said Indonesia now had a total installed electricity generation capacity of 25,000 MW which would continue to be increased following the construction of power plants with a combined capacity of 10,000 MW in a number of locations in the country.

Therefore, the energy minister expressed hope that high technology cooperation with various parties would emphasize fuel efficiency and new innovations in an effort to produce clean and environment-friendly energy.

At least nine cooperation agreements were signed in President Yudhoyono`s presence on the occasion which was also attended by a number of United Indonesia Cabinet ministers. (*)
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