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Indonesia hopes to produce 9,500 MW of geothermal power in 2025

Geothermal power is expected to contribute 9,500 megawatts to the country’s energy requirement in 2025 when oil contribution is to be cutback by 30 percent.

Stability of production of geothermal power is more reliable as it is not affected by weather, Deputy Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arcandra Tahar said when visiting Pertamina Geothermal Energi (PGE) of Kamojang Area on Sunday (1/8).

The superiority in production stability makes geothermal power base load in electricity provision by state electricity company PLM for the public, Arcandra said.

Production of geothermal power as a base load would continue at full capacity when the use of power at its lowest level, he said.

“Geothermal power plants (PLTP) could continue to operate at full capacity while oil fueled and coal fired power plants have to be shut down as bad weather,” he said.

He said the challenge in the development of geothermal power is competitiveness of the geothermal power price.

The production cost of geothermal power is high making it less competitive in price facing power produced from other facility such as, gas, oil and coal fired power plants.

Data at the Geology department of the ESDM Ministry showed that Indonesia holds the largest reserve of geothermal in the world.

The data said Indonesia has known geothermal reserves of 29 GWe found in 265 locations in the country or around 40 percent of the worlds reserves.

If the potential could be fully converted into reality, the country would save 1.2 million barrels per day needed to generate energy, Arcandra said.

Meanwhile, Operation Director of PGE Ali Mundakir said by the end of 2016, the installed capacity of PGE was 537 MW electricity equivalent. Four of 14 Geothermal Working Area (WKP), have been in operation by PGE. They are Kamojang Area in West Java, Sibayak in North Sumatra, Lahendong in North Sulawesi, and Ulubelu in Lampung.

Five other WKP are operated by its partners including Sarulla in North Sumatra, Gunung Salak, Darajat, Wayang Windu, all three in West Java and Bedugul in Bali, Ali said.

He said the Kamojang Area is the first WKP in Indonesia producing geothermal power. It started commercial operation with PLTP Monoblok built in 1987 with a capacity of 250 kWe officially commissioned by then Mining and Energy Minister Subroto.

Commercial operation of the PLTP in Kamojang started in 1983 with Kamojang Unit-1 coming on line (30 MW), followed by Unit-2 and Unit-3 in 1987 each with a capacity of 55 MW.

“The three units of PLTP are owned by Indonesia Power (IP), a subsidiary of PLN. PGE, therefore, sold geothermal steam to IP,” Ali said.

The Unit – 4 of PLTP Kamojang came on line in 2008 with a capacity of 60 MW and PLTP Unit-5 in 2015 with a capacity of 35 MW.

PGE handled the jobs from explorations to development of the field as well as the construction and operation of the power plants.

“The output in electricity is sold to PLN which deals with the end users,” Ali said.

Altogether the total installed capacity of the Kamojang Area is 235 MW electricity equivalent, supplied to the high voltage 150 KV cabel of the Java-Madura-Bali interconnection.

Ali said the Kamojang Area has received a citation of Proper Emas (Gold) from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in six successive years from 2011 to 2016.

On that Sunday, Arcandra also visited Geothermal Information Center (GIC), PLTP operation areas, Kamojang Crater tourist area, and Kamojang Eagle Conservation Center (PKEK), built by PGE in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) of West Java.

Accompanying Arcandra included Director General for New and Conservation Energy (EBTKE) Ridha Mulyana and Geothermal Director Yunus Saefulhak.

Source: Antara News

Surabaya airport named world’s most on-time airport

Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, has been recognized as the world’s most on-time airport in 2016 by UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG.

According to OAG’s research, Juanda International falls in the large airport category, as the airport welcomes 10-20 million passengers per year with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 90.30 percent.

OTP refers to arrivals and departures within 15 minutes of the scheduled times.

Moreover, news agency Antara reported that Honolulu International Airport in the US state of Hawaii ranked second with an average OTP of 87.53 percent, while Salt Lake International Airport in Utah, US, ranked third with a score of 87.2 percent.

In addition to being the world’s most on-time airport, Juanda International Airport ranked third in the OAG Punctuality League 2016. In this category, Birmingham International Airport in the UK was named the world’s most punctual airport with an average OTP of 91.28 percent, followed by Newcastle International Airport with 90.94 percent.

The OAG Punctuality League was based on 54 million flight records in 2016, which divided airports and airlines’ performance into several categories.

State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I director Danang S. Baskoro said he hoped Juanda’s achievement would motivate other airports in the nation to improve their on-time performance. (jes/kes)

Source: The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Students See Off 300 International Competitors in Airbus Engineering Competition

Three Indonesian teams from two local universities have beaten 300 international competitors to progress to the second round of Airbus’ “Fly Your Ideas” competition.

Garuda Ganesha and Pocket Rocket from Bandung Institute of Technology and Swing from Diponegoro University impressed the competition’s judges which comprised 60 Airbus engineers from its factories in France, Germany, Spain and England.

The judges have selected the best 50 teams from 38 countries to compete in the second round of the competition in January.

Garuda Ganesha came up with an innovative way to increase space efficiency inside an airplane’s cabin, while compatriot Pocket Rocket designed a theme park filled with unused Airbus planes.

Swing meanwhile came up with the “Smart Winglet Controlled by Artificial Intelligence” concept, maximizing fuel efficiency and introducing a new aerodynamic shape for a plane’s winglet.

“‘Fly Your Ideas’ offers unique opportunities for students around the world to interact with our engineers, who would also have a chance to absorb fresh ideas from these young people,” Airbus executive vice president Charles Champion said in a statement.

The best team in the competition will receive $31,000 in prize money at the final in May 2017. The runner-up will get $15,600.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Indonesia has abundant geothermal potential: President Jokowi

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said that Indonesia has abundant potential in geothermal energy, and so far, only five percent, or 29 thousand MW, of this potential has been used.

“Therefore, the remaining potential, of 95 percent, needs to be exploited,” Jokowi stated in Tampaso, here, Tuesday, while inaugurating the fifth and sixth units of the Lehendong geothermal power plant and the third unit of the Ulubelu geothermal plant.

The government had set a target to produce 7,500 MW of electricity by 2025.

“Our target is 7,500 MW by 2025, because the potential is there,” he noted.

In the early stages of such projects, foreign workers are needed before the plants go into operation, so they can transfer their technology and knowledge to local workers, the president remarked.

“When the turbines were first being installed, indeed, (foreign) workers were used because the technology needed trained technicians. But now that its nearly 99.9 percent complete, all the workers are ours because we are now capable in terms of technical skills,” Jokowi explained.

The government has cut down on bureaucracy and simplified the licensing process to speed up the construction of power plant projects across the country.

However, Jokowi said a recalculation is needed to adjust the overall target of 35,000 MW based on economic growth targets.

Source: Antara News

Muslim intellectuals to build Islamic civilization center in Indonesia

A number of intellectuals are planning to build an international Islamic civilization center in Indonesia, National Police (Polri) Deputy Chief Commissioner General Syafruddin said here on Tuesday.

“The development of an Islamic civilization center is not only taking place in the Middle East but also in Indonesia,” Comr. Gen. Syafruddin stated.

A number of Muslim intellectuals, such as Komarudin Hidayat, Azyumadi Azra, Syafrizal of the Religious Affairs Ministry, and Kharuddin of the Vice Presidential Secretariat, have visited Syafruddins official residence to discuss the plan to establish an Islamic civilization center and the prevention of radicalism in Indonesia.

Syafruddin noted that Islamic propagation is not a process that occurs only in the West, reaching out to the East; rather, Indonesia also propagates Islam to other countries.

The three-star police general acknowledged that the Muslim figures had also discussed a plan to establish an international Islamic university in Indonesia.

According to Syafruddin, so far, radicalism prevention efforts in Indonesia have been made through National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) programs and the Polris curriculum taught in schools and universities.

Komaruddin Hidayat said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla (JK) had set up a committee for the construction of an international Islamic university in Indonesia.

The school will be built in Indonesia because the country is known as a predominantly moderate Muslim-populated country.

Komarudin suggested the provision of an education on international Islamic civilization in Indonesia could have a global impact, particularly in countries where radicalism is flourishing.

He noted that a number of countries have suggested that Indonesia should become the worlds Islamic civilization education center, inviting foreign professors to join the universitys faculty.

Source: Antara News

Indonesian researcher explores Antarctica’s geology

Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta researcher Nugroho Imam Setiawan arrived in Antarctica on Friday (Dec 23) to explore the geological conditions of the Earths southernmost continent together with a Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) team.

A statement from UGM received by ANTARA here on Wednesday said Nugroho, who is a lecturer at the Department of Geological Engineering at UGM, was selected to join in the research on the Earths future in the Antarctic and had arrived on a Shirase expedition ship.

“Outside the ship, it is very cold, with an average temperature of minus five degrees Celsius. Thank God there have been no storms, and we no longer have nighttime because the sun shines 24 hours here,” Nugroho stated in an email sent to UGM.

He added that the Shirase ship was equipped with ice-breaker technology to clear paths as wide as the body of the ship.

The ice left in the Shirases tracks is used by a group of Adelie penguins for catching fish.

Nugroho pointed out that the Soya coast was southeast of where the ship had stopped. The coast is in the northeast of Antarctica and is covered by thick mountainous layers of ice.

The top of the snowy mountains is uncovered, displaying foliated metamorphic rocks that are clearly visible through binoculars and a long-lens camera. The study of the rock structure is part of the geological research being done in Antarctica.

“These mountains are named Langhovde—a Norwegian name—after the first inventorying country. It means a long head,” he explained.

Nugroho stated that the terrestrial biology research team will install motion sensors and cameras to monitor 20 Weddel seals, comprising 15 females and five males, to examine their habitat and activities.

The team held a vote to give names to the 20 seals. “Of the two names I suggested, one name for a female seal—GAMA, meaning Gadjah Mada—entered the top 10. The seals are the research objects,” he noted.

The first stage of the geological field work, according to Nugroho, will be carried out for 41 days from December 27 to February 5, 2017.

Nugroho is the only expedition member from Indonesia to be included in JAREs 58-person research team, following the interview and recommendations process, along with two other researchers from Mongolia and Sri Lanka.(*)

Government upbeat about its investment target

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The investment climate in Indonesia in the last two years has been favorable following investment reforms and an improved business climate. As a result, the government is optimistic of achieving its investment target this year.

Its optimism is based on its success last year when it exceeded its target. The countrys realization of investment in 2015 reached some Rp540 trillion, up 16.6 percent from that in 2014, surpassing the Capital Investment Coordinating Boards (BKPMs) target set at Rp519.5 trillion.

After all, investors confidence in Indonesia and its business climate has been improving, leading to a sense of optimism that the government will be able to achieve this years investment projection.

The BKPM has set a target to attract Rp594.8 trillion worth of investment this year, and Rp678.8 trillion next year. BKPM Chief Thomas Lembong, popularly called Tom, said the investors confidence in Indonesias investment climate is high.

This was reflected in the high number of business leaders who participated in the Forbes Global CEO Conference. “As of now, the investors sentiment is very good. After carrying out reforms and an improvement in the investment climate, the government was finally able to enhance investors trust,” Thomas pointed out in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The governments efforts to introduce a series of 14 economic policy packages since September last year and a campaign to intensively promote investment opportunities abroad has led to increased foreign investors interest, making Indonesia the second-best investment destination.

The policy package is aimed at encouraging people all over Indonesia to expand their economic activities efficiently and to connect them to the rest of the world. In the 14th economic policy package, the government has come up with a roadmap.

This roadmap will enable businesses to expand in a better way.

“Economic reforms will continue and will have a fundamental impact on Indonesias progress,” Thomas asserted. These reforms received a positive response from businesspeople taking part in the Forbes Global CEO Conference.

Leaders of various companies who attended the Forbes Global CEO Conference appreciated the breakthrough steps taken by the government to attract investments.

One of these steps is the tax amnesty program which has been proving to be a success in repatriating funds from abroad.

In the first three months period (July-September 2016), the government earned more than Rp97 trillion in penalties with Rp137 trillion worth of assets repatriated from abroad and Rp3,500 trillion worth of taxable assets, previously not reported, being declared.

CEO Wanda Group Jianlin Wangyang who won the Malcolm S. Forbes lifetime achievement award appreciated the Indonesian governments efforts to improve the investment climate.

The governments latest economic policy package is expected to lead to more investment in the e-commerce sector. It outlines a roadmap for the purpose and is expected to induce a sense of certainty in business besides facilitating the e-commerce industry.

In terms of foreign investor countries, Singapore was recorded as being the largest investor in Indonesia in 2015. Singapores investment reached US$5.9 billion, followed by Malaysia (US$3.1 billion), Japan (US$2.9 billion), the Netherlands (US$1.3 billion), and South Korea (US$1.2 billion).

China is ranked ninth, while Hong Kong was sixth, he added. China has been in the spotlight because it is one of the countries expected to make major investments in Indonesia.

If China and Hong Kong are taken together, the total is around US$1.5 billion, making the duo the fourth major investor.

Regarding investment from Europe, the BKPM noted that Europes investment potential was quite huge but Indonesia was yet to optimally benefit from it. However, investment from Europe in Indonesia did show an upwardly trend.

Based on the BKPM data, the investment commitments from European countries in January 2016 reached Rp6.53 trillion, almost 10 times higher than Rp670 billion recorded in the same period in the previous year.

The realization of investment from Europe reached Rp149.8 trillion during the period between 2010 and 2015. The increase in investment commitments from Europe continued to show a positive trend in 2015, with a 16 percent hike reflected in Rp37.3 trillion worth of investment, compared to Rp32.2 trillion in 2014.

The investment in 2016 is expected to boost the production sector and increase exports.

Therefore, the government has set a foreign investment target of Rp386.4 trillion in 2016, accounting for 53.9 percent of the total Rp594.8 trillion investment plan.

Source: Antara News

Facebook wants drones to boost Indonesia’s access to internet

The government and social media giant Facebook are seeking cooperation to boost internet access for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Saturday after a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Lima.

Better internet access could help thousands of Indonesian SMEs in remote regions of the country that so far have not been able to promote their products domestically and internationally.

Kalla said Zuckerberg had offered Indonesia to use Facebook’s Aquila drone, a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, to beam the internet to remote parts of Indonesia. He added that the government welcomed the plan and had assigned the Industry Ministry to work on the details.

He said better connectivity could help SMEs in the regions grow their business. “An online system provides information about the market and products. This system could unite markets and protect the quality of products being sold in the market,” Kalla said.

Facebook’s offer to Indonesia is part of the company’s effort to help small businesses tap the potential economic benefits from around 4.2 billion people around the world who have yet to get access to the internet.

“Mark [Zuckerberg] in his speeches cited Indonesia as an example where regions could be connected through the internet to produce economic benefits,” Kalla said.

Under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, Indonesia’s vision for the digital economy foresees local companies valued at a total of US$130 billion and the birth of 1,000 so-called technopreneurs by 2020.

Jokowi has issued a number of policies to implement its e-commerce road map, including economic stimulus packages and greater access to financial support for SMEs and IT-based companies.

Kalla said the government had given financial support to SMEs across the country, which would be supplemented by an agreement by APEC members to help each other in conducting training to support SMEs.

“When we talk about SMEs, we are talking about the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals]. With strong SMEs a country can alleviate poverty, as demanded by the APEC,” Kalla said.

On Saturday, the first day of the two-day APEC summit, Kalla joined the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) along with 21 leaders of APEC member countries, including outgoing US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to discuss a theme titled “Growing Global MSMEs and Promoting Sustainable Development.”

Kalla said that during the forum Indonesia had proposed that APEC member countries cut import tariffs on what he called Indonesia’s development products, such as crude palm oil, coffee, cocoa, rubber and rattan.

“The development products must be accepted without tariffs in those countries, because that is one of the ways to support agricultural products in a developing country like Indonesia. If such products are prevented [from entering foreign markets] it will create a new kind of poverty,” Kalla said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said Indonesia welcomed the adoption of APEC’s Education Strategy and the APEC Baseline Report on Current Education Status during the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which had “Developing Human Capital” as its theme.

“Indonesia is committed to creating an education community that is strong and cohesive at the APEC,” said Fachir.

Source: The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi Meets Plug and Play CEO

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo on Tuesday (15/11) at the State Palace welcomed the founder and the CEO of a technology company, Plug and Play, Saeed Amidi.

Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara who accompanied the President at the meeting said that the purpose of Amidi’s visit to Indonesia is to follow up the previous discussion with the President on February at Plug and Play headquarter, at Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, US. At that time, President Jokowi invited Saeed to invest in Indonesia as the country is planning to expand in e-commerce sector.

“In accordance with the declaration of the 14th Economic Policy Package, the road map of e-commerce, he also welcomed the idea and just had a discussion with the President,” said Rudiantara.

According to the Minister, because Plug and Play has branches in several countries, the Government requests that the investments in Indonesia need to be done with joint venture companies.

“So, the venture capital is located abroad, only the money enters this country. However, we asked Saeed Amidi and Plug and Play to do joint investment in Indonesia,” the Minister said.

Previously, Plug and Play together with GAN Kapital (a local investment company) launched Plug and Play Indonesia at Jakarta (14/11).

Furthermore, this company will act as the accelerator means for the start-up companies in Indonesia that focuses on mobile and financial technologies sector that are strengthened with the platform of cooperation innovation.

Plug and Play Indonesia will develop facilities for the alliance company through digital- based solution and will also invest in 50 companies in Indonesia.

Chosen alliance companies will be granted fund support, endorsement, and several other supports in accelerator programs for 3 months. It is scheduled to be launched in January and we will gather a number of big companies, said the Minister.

Rudiantara added that the soft launching has already been held on the other day, and Astra also has shown commitment to work together with Plug and Play. In addition, there will be also 5 universities to join as well as certain number of International Corporation.

Plug and Play is an accelerator digital platform for the start-up, which focuses on financial technology sector that already has branches in over 22 countries.

There are currently more than 200 corporate partners, investors, universities, and many more that engages in retail sector, financial technology, Internet, media, and cloud.

For the record, GAN Kapital is an Indonesian investment company that focuses on investing to technology-based start-up companies.

Also attending the meeting were Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Head of Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Triawan Munaf, and CEO of GAN Kapital Anthony Pradipta. During the meeting, Saeed also handed over a figure that contains a photo of the President taken in Silicon Valley.

Source: Sekretariat Kabinet RI

IPSI to Host 17th World Pencak Silat Championships in Bali Next Month

Indonesian Pencak Silat Association, or IPSI, will host the 17th World Pencak Silat Championships at Lila Buana sports hall in Denpasar, Bali on Dec. 3.

IPSI committee head Eddy Prabowo said that athletes will compete in 24 categories, 18 of which are martial arts and six are in the arts.

“Preparations are still underway and we will continue to coordinate with our counterparts in Bali,” Eddy said in Jakarta on Tuesday (15/11).

Eddy said there are already athletes from 32 countries who have signed up for the event and athletes from an additional 13 countries have yet to confirm their attendance.

“We don’t only expect to be a successful organizer, but also to be the major winner,” he added.

Meanwhile, Erizal Chaniago, secretary general of the association, said that they have selected the country’s 28 best martial artists.

“We’ve selected 28 of the best out of 71 who competed at various tournaments recently. They are now being trained at a national camp in Jakarta,” Erizal said.

Source: The Jakarta Globe