Indonesia eyes pilot marine energy project this year - report

Beach in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Author: a_rabin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

June 3 (SeeNews) - Indonesia aims to launch a pilot marine energy project in the current year as part of the country’s efforts to boost the use of renewables, the Jakarta Post said Wednesday.

The Indonesian government aims to source from renewables 23% of its total energy by 2025. Energy minister Sudirman Said told reporters on Monday he plans to allocate some IDR 10 trillion (USD 756m/EUR 680m) for renewable energy sector in the state budget for next year.

According to estimates by the ministry, the country’s potential for marine current power generation stands at about 60 GW.

Ministry spokesman Dadan Kusdiana was cited as saying that Indonesia has been unsuccessful in a previous attempt to attract private marine energy developers through an open bidding process, “perhaps because the technology is still not reliable”. A study is now in progress and the ministry is hopeful that a pilot project could start this year.

Certain trial projects have already been carried out by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in Indonesia, mainly involving wave and ocean current generation. The East Nusa Tenggara has been identified as the province offering the best locations for marine energy arrays.

(IDR 10,000 = USD 0.756/EUR 0.680)

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