PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), which is part of the Pertamina New & Renewable Energy (PNRE) Subholding, has again shown a real commitment to the development of clean geothermal energy by completing the EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Commissioning) project for the Binary Organic Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP). PGE Lahendong Area Rankine Cycle 500 kW Tomohon City, North SulawesiAt exactly 20:00 WITA on Thursday, 8/12/2022, marking the success of the commissioning process, the 500 kW binary organic rankine cycle PLTP at the PGE Lahendong Area location was declared feasible for operation.
Ahmad Yani, General Manager of PGE Lahendong Area, said the success of the Binary Organic Rankine Cycle PLTP commissioning project is proof of Pertamina's full support in accelerating the energy transition to achieve Net Zero Emissions (NZE) and the development of new and renewable energy (EBT). This is PGE's concrete contribution to the government's goal of reducing emissions to the NZE by 2060.
PLTP Binary Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC Power Plant) is a power plant that uses organic fluid as a turbine-generator drive where the fluid is heated by utilizing energy from geothermal fluid, which has not previously been utilized. This project starts in 2021 with the Quick Win scheme to achieve the Fast Delivery Project.
Ahmad Yuniarto, Main Director of PGE, separately explained that the success of this project was a manifestation of the competence and fighting spirit of all PGE officers in managing geothermal energy development and was presented as a birthday present for Pertamina and PGE.
Ahmad said that in running its business, PGE continues to be committed to geothermal development and ensures that the implementation of environment, social, and governance (ESG) becomes an integrated part of PGE's geothermal business. The application of these ESG aspects is an effort to provide added value as well as PGE support for government programs related to the use of environmentally friendly renewable energy, especially geothermal.
"PGE's commitment to the development of geothermal energy can contribute to achieving the sustainable development targets of goals 7 (clean and affordable energy), 12 (responsible construction and production), 13 (handling climate change), and 15 (terrestrial ecosystems) on the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)," he said.
PGE currently manages 13 geothermal working areas (WKP) totaling +1.8 GW, of which 672 MW is operated and managed directly by PGE and 1,205 MW is managed under the Joint Operation Contract scenario. The geothermal installed capacity in the PGE working area contributes to around 82% of the total installed geothermal capacity in Indonesia, with a potential reduction of CO2 emissions of around 9.7 million metric tons per year.