Pertamina cooperates with state firms to develop solar power stations

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State oil and gas company PT Pertamina is teaming up with three other state firms in developing solar power generating stations (PLTS), a Pertamina spokesperson said.

The development of new and renewable energy projects will use the idle land owned by Pertamina and the other state firms, Pertamina Vice President for Corporate Communication Wianda Pusponegoro said here Friday.

The three state firms are PT LEN Industri, PT Energi Management Indonesia and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur.

The cooperation between Pertamina and the firms is relevant to the governments target of developing 35 gigawatt capacity power plants by 2019.

Hopefully, 25 percent or 8.8 gigawatts of the electrical power will come from renewable energy sources, he said.

The government has set itself the target of developing power plants with an installed capacity of 5 gigawatts or 5,000 megawatts by 2020. Pertamina has committed itself to building solar power stations with a combined capacity of 1,000 megawatts.

"The synergy among the state owned companies can hopefully encourage the realization of new and renewable energy projects in Indonesia, which will be started in North Sumatra with a target of up to 60 megawatts in 2017. The projects will be continued in the next three years to reach the target of 200 megawatts by using the idle land owned by Pertamina in several parts of Indonesia," he said.(*)