All units of the Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia have reached commercial operation, bringing the project to its full 330-MW capacity.
The project has three 110-MW units, and co-project sponsor Ormat Technologies Inc. said it brought the third unit, NIL 2, online on May 4. SIL, the first unit of the power plant, began commercial operation in March 2017 and NIL 1, the second unit, began commercial operation in October 2017.
The Sarulla plant is operated by a consortium consisting of Medco Energi Internasional Tbk, Inpex Corp., Itochu Corp., Kyushu Electric Power Co., and an Ormat subsidiary that holds a 12.75 percent equity interest.
“Ormat believes Asia is a region with significant untapped geothermal potential, and we expect to use the success at the Sarulla plant as a stepping stone to additional opportunities,” Ormat CEO Isaac Angel said in a statement. “Our relationship with ORIX Corp., coupled with our participation in one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants, serve as important differentiators in Asia and globally for Ormat.”
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