Papua holds more than 300 GW of renewable energy potential

Jakarta – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) said that the development of the green industry will be directed to Papua, due to the large potential of new renewable energy (NRE) which reaches more than 300 Giga Watt (GW).

According to Ministerial Expert Staff for Strategic Planning at ESDM, Yudo Dwinanda Priaadi, in addition to developing green industries in Kalimantan, the potential for renewable energy in Papua reaches 381 GW. “The potential for new renewable energy in Papua is dominated by solar and hydro energy, which can be the capital for green energy-based development,” he said in an official statement.

Even so, Priaadi said, the plan to develop a green industry in Papua will not be implemented in the near future, due to the low electricity consumption in Papua at this time. “If you want to increase consumption in a region, hopefully the industrial and commercial portion can increase. If you rely on housing alone it will not be significant,” he added.

Meanwhile, launching a statement on the official website of the Papua Government in 2022, Australia has explored cooperation with Papua Province to develop the potential for hydrogen and ammonia energy as a future fuel, in Deiyai Regency.

The Papua Energy and Mineral Resources Agency is also developing the utilisation of new renewable energy sources in the Baliem River, Jayawijaya Regency to encourage industrial-scale hydropower plants. Currently, the development of hydropower in Jayawijaya is still in the research stage, but it is estimated that the utilisation of this energy source can produce electricity with a capacity of 50 MW to 100 MW.

The Papuan government is also developing solar power plants (PLTS) in 24 villages in Tolikara, Yahukimo and Waropen districts. (Hartatik)

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