Mitsubishi Corporation has awarded Voith Hydro the electromechanical equipment contract for the 174-MW Asahan 3 hydropower project in Indonesia, which will be operated by state-owned utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).
Voith will be responsible for the design, manufacture and supply of two 87-MW vertical Francis turbine and generator units, including the control system, complete electrical and mechanical balance of plant equipment, and a 150-kV switchyard.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024 and will support Indonesia’s target to achieve a renewable energy share of 23% in the energy mix by 2025. The project is supported and financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
According to Voith, Indonesia’s hydropower potential is estimated at around 75,000 MW, with untapped resources concentrated on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. It is estimated there is about 8 GW of economically viable undeveloped hydropower potential.
The electricity sector in Indonesia is controlled by PLN, which has about 70% of the country’s 62.8 GW installed capacity. According to PLN’s strategic plan, new capacity in the country will be delivered largely through several sources of energy, including a proposed 1 GW of new hydropower capacity.
Voith Hydro’s footprint in Indonesia dates back nearly 100 years. The establishment of a local entity in Indonesia in 2015 underlined the commitment of the company to this region, according to a release. Voith has put into operation 200 MW of hydropower in Indonesia through 20 small and medium projects.
The Voith Group is a global technology company in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport and automotive. The Group Division Voith Hydro is a supplier and partner for equipping hydropower plants. Voith develops customized, long-term solutions and services for large and small hydro plants all over the world.