State power producer, PT Geo Dipa Energi plans to build the second Patuha geothermal power plant located in the Ciwidey region of West Java, said the official on Wednesday (Mar 11). The new turbine is projected to produce an additional power by 55 megawatts (MW) in 2023 and needs an investment of US$197 million.

The director at the energy and mineral resources (EMR) ministry, Ida Nuryatin Finahari said in a written statement, Patuha and other projects Dieng in Central Java, holds tremendous geothermal potential that can be converted into a 400 MW power plant. Currently, the two projects has installed capacity 60 MW, respectively.

Beside the two projects, currently, there are potential three new wells in five locations at eastern Indonesia. The site located in Waisano and Nage, East Nusa Tenggara and Jenolo in Halmahera, North Maluku, also Bituang in Southeast Sulawesi. Others, he said, still waiting for government approvals. The three wells have potential resources of 30 MW.