PT PLN (Persero), in collaboration with its subsidiary PLN Nusantara Power (NP), has entered into a partnership with Powerchina International Group Limited (Powerchina) to explore the viability of wind energy in Indonesia.
The formalization of this collaboration occurred through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct a joint feasibility study.
According to Darmawan Prasodjo, PLN’s CEO, this partnership with the Chinese power company aligns with PLN’s commitment to lead the transition towards new renewable energy sources (EBT).
The objective of this transition is to mitigate carbon emissions and address the challenges presented by climate change. Darmawan emphasized the collective effort to confront the climate change crisis, expressing dedication to establishing a robust partnership to turn challenges into opportunities, as stated in a press release on Monday, November 13, 2023.
The estimated total potential of wind energy in Indonesia is around 155 gigawatts (GW). Beyond exploring wind energy potential, both PLN and Powerchina have agreed to investigate other development prospects.
These include studies on the construction of offshore wind power plants in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as power plants utilizing various EBT sources such as hydro, biomass, solar, and wave energy.
Darmawan highlighted the meticulous mapping of EBT potential in Indonesia by the Indonesian government in collaboration with PLN, stating that the data is already available. He believes that through this collaboration, the potential becomes limitless.
Ruly Firmansyah, CEO of PLN NP, emphasized that partnering with Powerchina is a crucial part of the PLN Group’s efforts to assist the Indonesian government in achieving its net zero emissions goal by 2060. This collaboration gains significance due to the substantial EBT potential in the country.
He stressed the productivity of the collaboration, focusing on assessing the EBT potential in Indonesia, with the feasibility study covering economic and technical aspects.
“We anticipate that this collaboration will further strengthen the strategic partnership between Indonesia and China in advancing wind energy and other EBT sources, supporting Indonesia’s energy transition,” concluded Ruly.