Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company PLN in collaboration with PT Rezeki Perkasa Sejahtera Lestari has inaugurated its first biomass power plant in West Kalimantan.
The new biomass power facility, developed at a cost of USD21 million, has a capacity of 15 MW that is projected to supply 74 million kilowatt per hour (kWh) of electricity annually.
The power plant will be used to increase electricity supply in the Equator area electricity system and PLN has constructed a 5.6-km electricity network to connect the power plant to the PLN Equator electricity system.
PLN has been focusing on using more and more renewable sources of energy to produce electricity and decrease the dependency on fossil fuels in Kalimantan. Already 66 percent of electricity demand in the province is met by power plants running on renewable fuels.
The new biomass power plant is located in Wajok Hulu village, Siantan district, Mempawah regency, West Kalimantan. The power plant needs 98,400 tons of waste annually and is using palm oil waste, rice husks, corn and sugar cane waste, and timber sawmill waste as feedstock. Most of the feedstock comes from local forestry agencies, oil palm plantations and other organizations.
Find out more about biomass power projects in South East Asia at CMT’s 5th Biomass & BioEnergy Asia on 23-24 January, 2019 in Bangkok.