Govt to sign clean energy contract worth R47 trillion

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has signed several agreements with investors to develop clean and renewable energy projects worth Rp47.2 trillion.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Sudirman Said told the press on the sidelines of the Bali Clean Energy Forum (BCEF) on Thursday that the projects included a geothermal power plant with a capacity of 765.5 megawatt (MW), a solar power plant with a capacity of 150 MW, and liquid natural gas receiving terminal, with a capacity of 125,000 cubic meters, which will create 18,300 jobs.
"All the investment will encourage the attainment of the national clean energy target and strengthen the national economy and human capacity," he said.
President Jusuf Kalla opened the forum, which will be held in Nusa Dua on February 11 and 12.
Also present at the forum were Saudi Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Ali al-Naimi, Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Australian Minister of International and Pacific Development, Steven Ciobo, and Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol.
Sudirman said Indonesia will enter a new era in the use of clean and renewable energy, which has so far been neglected.
"We will abandon risk energy in the future because of dependence on fossil energy," he said.(*)