Dutch consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV is developing four mini hydropower projects along Indonesia’s Merawu River that will add a cumulative capacity of about 15.6 MW to the country’s grid.
To be located in the Central Java province, the projects include 6 MW plants in Kerekan and Pandensari, a 2.4 MW plant in Watupayang, and a 1.2 MW plant in Tempuran.
The projects represent the first phase in an agreement with Indonesian energy investment firm TIRASA that ultimately seeks to develop more than 100 MW of hydroelectric power by 2018. A 2012 report said Indonesia’s power generating capacities are insufficient, currently producing enough energy for 66% of the country’s needs.
“These hydropower plants provide a sustainable solution to the lack of supply experienced in Indonesia,” TIRASA director Suryana Padma said.
Royal HaskoningDHV said it has already begun arranging permits and licenses with local government agencies, and negotiating sales to utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).
“In line with our mission to enhance society together, the impact of these plants will bring wider benefits to the local societies,” said Berte Simons, president director of Royal HaskoningDHV Indonesia. “The availability of power will support increase economic activity, and the plants themselves will provide employment locally.”
The company said the US$30 million investment is expected to turn a profit within seven years.
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