Pertamina NRE and Pondera Development BV (Pondera) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the development of wind power plants in Indonesia on Thursday 21 April 2022. Through the MoU, both parties agreed to focus on a collaboration in developing wind farms in several regions. The collaboration encompasses strategic, technical, as well as commercial cooperation.
The signing was carried out by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pertamina NRE Dannif Danusaputro and Eric Arends as Vice Chairman of Pondera Group. This agreement is part of Pertamina NRE’s initial steps to expand its green energy portfolio, one of which is through the development of wind power plants.
“The potential for wind power in Indonesia is quite large. We view this potential as a very good opportunity for Pertamina NRE to expand its green energy portfolio while supporting the acceleration of the energy transition in Indonesia. Pertamina NRE is very enthusiastic about this strategic collaboration since we know that Pondera is well-experienced in wind farm development, especially in Europe,” said Dannif in his welcoming speech.
As a global consultant and developer of renewable energy, Pondera has a wealth of experience in developing on- and offshore wind projects in Europe and in Asia. The Dutch-based company’s experience includes conducting wind measurements, feasibility studies, wind modelling, wind farm engineering, and construction management. Until now, Pondera has been involved in more than 12 GW of wind energy projects worldwide.
“It is an honour for us to be able to contribute to the wind farm development, which is one of Indonesia’s energy transition strategies. Together with solar and geothermal energy, wind energy will play a pivotal role in Indonesia’s future energy mix. This strategic cooperation is an effort to realize the strategy by combining the technical know-how and the development capacity of both parties,” said Eric.
Indonesia has a quite large wind energy potential. Based on a study by the Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (KESDM), there are several locations in Indonesia that have potential for wind power plant development, which among others include the southern coast of Java, South Sulawesi, Maluku, and East Nusa Tenggara, with average wind speeds 8 m/s in June, July, and August.
Currently, wind power plants in operation in Indonesia include a 75 MW wind farm in Sidrap and a 60 MW wind farm in Jeneponto. Both plants are located in South Sulawesi Province. Based on the National Energy Mix (BEN), wind power plants are targeted to reach 255 MW by 2025. With this strategic partnership initiative, Pertamina NRE can contribute to the achievement of the Indonesian Government’s National Energy Mix target.