JAKARTA – Pertamina Power Indonesia (Pertamina NRE) and Pondera Development BV (Pondera) signed a joint study agreement (JSA) on the development of Integrated Offshore Wind Energy & Green Hydrogen Production Facility on Tuesday (30/8) in Nusa Dua, Bali.

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, and was also witnessed by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, as well as President Director of Pertamina Nicke Widyawati. The agreement is a follow up to the signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) by both parties in April 21st, 2022.

From left to right: Nicke Widyawati, Arifin Tasrif, Dannif Danusaputro and Eric Arends

In his remarks Arifin Tasrif mentioned that he was pleased with partnerships and collaborations built upon the B20 international summit. He added that the challenges of low-carbon technology application should be dealt with together by both developed and developing countries.

On the same occasion, Nicke Widyawati also said, “The collaboration between Pertamina NRE and Pondera is very strategic considering that it is not only creating value for both companies, but also for Indonesia to unleash the potential of wind energy that is not yet utilized enough. Additionally, in the project we will also study the development of green hydrogen production facility. That means, this project has a huge potential for the development of renewables in Indonesia.”

“Delivering the energy transition is not a simple task. It needs collaborations with experienced partners. Through this cooperation, we expect technology transfer, beside commercial benefits for both parties,” said Dannif Danusaputro.

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.

Eric Arends: “Indonesia has an ambitious target in place for renewable energy development, and we recognize Pertamina’s key role in achieving the target. To reach this, all renewable energy sources shall be exploited, including the promising onshore and offshore wind energy. Developing a large-scale offshore wind farm with green hydrogen as the energy carrier requires a careful and comprehensive study on the economic feasibility, while taking local conditions into account. We are delighted and looking forward to cooperating with Pertamina NRE in this project,” .

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 high average wind speeds 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.

Pertamina NRE has a strong commitment to implement environment, social, and governance (ESG) aspects in its business activities, as well as to support the achievement of national net zero emission in 2060.

Pondera is very pleased with the continuation of our collaboration with Pertamina NRE, which have been the result of the efforts made by the colleagues of our Pondera South East Asia office in Jakarta: Chandra Soemitro, Vivien Liando, Sergio Simanjuntak and Brent Elemans.