GE to set up $1.4b business in Indonesia

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GE EnergyUS technology company General Electric (GE) said that it has chosen Indonesia as the country in which to launch its $1.4 billion distributed power business, which concentrates on smaller-scale energy generation. GE officially introduced its distributed power business in Jakarta on February 24 to tap into the archipelago’s future energy blueprint.

GE vice chairman John G. Rice pointed out that Indonesia was “the perfect place” to develop distributed power technology given that roughly a quarter of the 240 million people living across the archipelago of at least 9,000 islands had no access to electricity. This, he added, created a sector in which GE could deploy its distributive power technology, which could generate between 100 kilowatts to 100 megawatts of power onsite.

“The population is also very distributed, which makes Indonesia a big market,” he said, adding that GE had been in Indonesia for at least 70 years.

He further said the Indonesian government’s aim to shift the weight off fossil fuels to renewable energy was a supporting element for conducting pilot projects in the country.

“Therefore, Indonesia is a very strategic host country for pilot projects to demonstrate the efficiency of our technology,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Indonesia’s current energy mix comprises approximately 49 per cent fossil fuels, which the government aims to reduce to 25 per cent by 2025 based on the increased contribution from renewable resources. Rice added that “a part” of the $1.4 billion that the Schenectady-based company was investing over a four-year period to get the new business up and running would go to pilot projects in Indonesia.

During the launch of its distributive power business, GE announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding involving state-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara and PT Clean Power Indonesia on the development and deployment of biomass gasification power systems.

The development is part of a previously announced collaboration for work on a 1 megawatt power generator in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, and a 150 kilowatt power generator in Bangli, Bali. GE also announced contracts to supply four gas engines for a gas compression facility belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina in Lembak, nearby Palembang, South Sumatra.

Rice added that the pilot projects would involve using biomass to generate affordable power.

“Our primary interest is to develop capabilities to combust the broadest range of fuels, including biomass, sugar, coconut frond, rice husks and Napier grass,” he said.

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US technology company General Electric (GE) said that it has chosen Indonesia as the country in which to launch its $1.4 billion distributed power business, which concentrates on smaller-scale energy generation. GE officially introduced its distributed power business in Jakarta on February 24 to tap into the archipelago’s future energy blueprint.

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GE EnergyUS technology company General Electric (GE) said that it has chosen Indonesia as the country in which to launch its $1.4 billion distributed power business, which concentrates on smaller-scale energy generation. GE officially introduced its distributed power business in Jakarta on February 24 to tap into the archipelago’s future energy blueprint.

GE vice chairman John G. Rice pointed out that Indonesia was “the perfect place” to develop distributed power technology given that roughly a quarter of the 240 million people living across the archipelago of at least 9,000 islands had no access to electricity. This, he added, created a sector in which GE could deploy its distributive power technology, which could generate between 100 kilowatts to 100 megawatts of power onsite.

“The population is also very distributed, which makes Indonesia a big market,” he said, adding that GE had been in Indonesia for at least 70 years.

He further said the Indonesian government’s aim to shift the weight off fossil fuels to renewable energy was a supporting element for conducting pilot projects in the country.

“Therefore, Indonesia is a very strategic host country for pilot projects to demonstrate the efficiency of our technology,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Indonesia’s current energy mix comprises approximately 49 per cent fossil fuels, which the government aims to reduce to 25 per cent by 2025 based on the increased contribution from renewable resources. Rice added that “a part” of the $1.4 billion that the Schenectady-based company was investing over a four-year period to get the new business up and running would go to pilot projects in Indonesia.

During the launch of its distributive power business, GE announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding involving state-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara and PT Clean Power Indonesia on the development and deployment of biomass gasification power systems.

The development is part of a previously announced collaboration for work on a 1 megawatt power generator in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, and a 150 kilowatt power generator in Bangli, Bali. GE also announced contracts to supply four gas engines for a gas compression facility belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina in Lembak, nearby Palembang, South Sumatra.

Rice added that the pilot projects would involve using biomass to generate affordable power.

“Our primary interest is to develop capabilities to combust the broadest range of fuels, including biomass, sugar, coconut frond, rice husks and Napier grass,” he said.

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