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South Halmahera to have geothermal power plant

VOI NEWS 09.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 18-04-2017

A geothermal power plant would be built in the regency of South Halmahera, North Maluku by utilizing a geothermal reserve whose capacity is around 140 megawatts in Songa, Bacan island, North Muluku. Head of the regional research and development planning board (BPPPD), Daud Djubaedi said in Ternate, North Maluku on Monday (17/4) that Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry has told the district administration of South Halmahera that the tender would be open for the project this year. Daud said that the geothermal power plant to be built would have a capacity of 2x10 MW. He added that the geothermal power plant is expected to be able to cope with shortage in energy supply in South Halmahera, especially on the island of Bacan, which had relied only on supply from a 7 MW capacity power plant of the state electricity company -PT PLN. Daud also pointed out that the power plant is also expected to attract investment into this region as shortage in power supply has been one of the main factors discouraging investors from doing business in the area. (Ant)

Bitung special economic zone to begin operations in May 2017

The Bitung special economic zone -KEK in North Sulawesi Province will begin operations in May this year. The Bitung KEK Administrator is ready to hand over the zone to a regional government-owned company -BUMD for starting the operations. This was stated by Jenny Karouw, head of the North Sulawesi Trade Office in Manado, North Sulawesi on Monday (17/4). She said that if it is handed over to the BUMD, it would no longer be run by the government, but it would become a business-to-business entity. North Sulawesi Governor, Olly Dondokambey remarked that the Bitung KEK is established based on Government Regulation No. 32/2014. Being built on a 534-hectare plot of land, the zone will house fish processing, pharmaceutical, and coconut industries. Located in a strategic area, the KEK is expected to boost the economy of North Sulawesi. (Ant)

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