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East Indonesia sees 90MW of additional power come online

Three power plants have successfully been commissioned in the east of Indonesia with a combined capacity of 90MW.

MAN Energy Solutions said in a statement that two of the plants are each equipped with three 18V51/60DF engines providing the cities of Bima and Sumbawa with 50MW of electric power each for the grid of the province of West Nusa Tenggara.

The third power plant in Maumere on the island of Flores is powered by four 12V51/60DF engines with a total capacity of 40MW.

“Reliably supplying over 1,000 inhabited islands is a huge challenge,” states Götz Kassing, Managing Director Indonesia at MAN Energy Solutions. “We are very pleased that we were able to support the Indonesian government with this project.

“Our decentralised power plant solutions for reliably supplying energy to islands and remote regions have proven themselves many times. The dual-fuel engines used offer complete fuel flexibility, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the power plants, which can be operated with low-emission LNG at any time.”

“Besides the energy supply, the economic opportunities of the local population are also an important concern on the islands. We are contributing in creating jobs and providing training,” states Dr Michael Filous, Vice President and Head of Service Agreements at MAN PrimeServ.

Filous added: “We rely on more than 130 local employees for operating the three power plants, and we provide further training for these staff regarding the specific work involved in the plants at our service hub in Surabaya.”

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When constructing the power plants, the company worked in close collaboration with the Indonesian company Wijaya Karya (WIKA) and shared EPC responsibility as part of an open consortium.

While WIKA took on the assembly of the power plants, MAN Energy Solutions was responsible for the delivery, assembly monitoring and commissioning of the engines, for mechanical and electrical accessories and the design of the power house.

“The Indonesian government pays great attention to the issue of electrification. We are proud that we are contributing to these plans. With the three new power plants we are significantly improving the electricity infrastructure in West Nusa Tenggara and Flores”, says Bambang Pramujo, Director at WIKA.

Six additional power plants for Indonesia

MAN Energy Solutions is currently equipping another six island power plants with a total capacity of 125MW.

Two power plants in Tanjung Selor and Biak are each powered by two 9L51/60DF engines each with 15MW of electrical power. The company also supplied two 12V51/60DF engines each with 20MW of electrical power for three power plants in Merauke, Langgur and Seram.

The sixth power plant was recently successfully commissioned on the island of Nias off the west coast of Sumatra and features five 7L51/60DF engines with a total capacity of 35MW.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.