Indonesia, Denmark explore cooperation to develop wind power

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia is exploring cooperation with Denmark to develop the potential of harnessing wind power.

"As Indonesia is an archipelagic country, it will spend significant amount of money to connect islands for the supply of energy, so it will be efficient to develop the potential of each region, including harnessing wind power," Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday.

During a meeting at the ministry, Jonan and Minister of Development Cooperation of Denmark Ulla Tornes also discussed the mapping of wind potential in Indonesia.

According to Jonan, Indonesia has about 800 inhabited islands that require supply of energy. Each of the islands may not be connected to the network, as it is not cost-effective, and significant amount of time will be needed to create a network.

Jonan also remarked that every region can generate energy without having to rely on the main network connection between the islands by developing the wind potential as a form of renewable energy.

"That is the challenge. If we can produce good-quality goods at a high cost, it is a common thing. However, if we can generate good-quality products at a low cost, it is a good invention, one of them being the wind power plant," he noted.

Both ministers launched a map of wind potential and energy studies describing the potential of wind energy in Indonesia.

Renewable energy is a partnership milestone between Indonesia and Denmark in fulfilling the national target to achieve 23 percent of renewable energy of the total national energy consumption by 2025.

Tornes and Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya will thereafter visit and observe the Jakarta Bay aboard a ship to get a first-hand glimpse of the pollution caused by plastic waste and waste water.

Thereafter, they will launch a new intergovernmental cooperation for joint water and sewage treatment at the Maritime Museum, followed by the signing of an agreement between the Jakarta provincial government and its Danish counterpart represented by the countrys Ambassador to Indonesia on Denmarks support to design the Jakarta Waste Management Master Plan.(*)