PT PLN (Persero) has entered into a business agreement with Hydrogen de France (HDF Energy), a French company, to jointly develop renewable energy projects in Indonesia’s outermost, frontline, and remote areas, known as 3T regions.
Darmawan Prasodjo, CEO of PLN, highlighted that the presence of renewable energy not only supports the supply of clean energy but also facilitates national electrification, emerging as an integrated future business.
The joint venture for renewable project development will establish a joint venture company based in Eastern Indonesia, with a primary focus on Sumba and East Nusa Tenggara.
“In particular, the project will be located in Eastern Indonesia, with an initial emphasis on Sumba and East Nusa Tenggara,” stated Darmawan.
In addition to this collaboration, PLN is set to develop a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Plant in Indonesia.
The joint development agreement was formalized through the signing of the Joint Development Study Agreement (JDSA) by Darmawan Prasodjo and Mathieu Geze, Executive Director Asia and President Director of HDF Energy Indonesia, during COP28 in Dubai. The JDSA is a follow-up step from a previously signed MoU in April 2023.
After commencing the production of green hydrogen in Indonesia, PLN will work with HDF Energy to develop hydrogen-based power plants.
Darmawan expressed the significance of Indonesia playing a major role in green hydrogen production through futuristic technological innovations.
Darmawan mentioned that HDF Energy and PLN would explore the use of hydrogen through the electrolysis process, converting it into electricity to serve remote areas.
Both companies also agreed to collaborate on the development study of baseload and non-intermittent power plants based on renewable energy battery and hydrogen technologies.
Mathieu Geze stated that HDF Energy is a global leader in the hydrogen industry and is committed to developing large-scale hydrogen infrastructure.
He expressed optimism that the collaboration with PLN would accelerate the implementation of environmentally friendly and stable hydrogen-based power plants.
“Our collaboration with PLN aims to position Indonesia at the forefront of environmentally friendly hydrogen projects in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.