Brantas Energi is Ready to Help the Government to Reach the 23% Renewable Energy Target on 2025

01 May 2018

Thousands of people in Padang Guci Hulu, Kaur, Bengkulu now can enjoy more doing their activities due to their complaints to PLN about eventual lights off is no more to be worried. Padang Guci Mini Hydro Power Plants (MHPP) in Bungin Tambun III Village has been officially operated with the power of 3 x 2.0 Megawatt (MW) since Friday, April 14th, 2017. Three unit turbines, which are moved by Padang Guci river flow, have operated these power plants.

PT Brantas Energi made the power plants, which sustain PLN electricity connection system in South Sumatra, Jambi, and Bengkulu (S2JB). PT Brantas Energi is a subsidiary of PT Brantas Abipraya (Persero) which is a part of Abipraya’s diversification effort to show that Abipraya is not only focused on the construction only, but also an investment that is related with the company’s main business, which is the Hydro Power Plants.

“Not only Hydropower, but we also try to probe with Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants. We build the Gorontalo Solar Power Plants with 2.0 MWp power, and there is a possibility that we would try to come up with other renewable energy types of businesses,” said Sutjipto, the President Director of PT Brantas Energi.

The factor that made renewable energy as the core business of PT Brantas Energi is the technical mastery. This is also be supported by the company that is very experienced with power plants construction. PT Brantas Abipraya is having a good relationship with PLN in some Hydro Power Plants projects, such as Kotopanjang Hydro Power Plants in Riau and Sutami Hydro Power Plants in Malang, East Java. Sutjipto added, “Furthermore, the buyer, who buys the electricity system from power plants unit, is obviously PLN. Later on, the result of electricity which produced by renewable energy power plants unit will be bought by PLN through the Independent Power Producer (IPP) scheme.”

Sutjipto said that based on the study, the renewable energy potency in Indonesia is great, especially for Hydropower. Around 16,000 MW with 5,000 MW potency of built power plants would make the potency of renewable energy development is still high.

Nowadays, there are two projects that have been finished by PT Brantas Energi, which are Padang Guci Mini Hydro Power Plants in Kaur, Bengkulu, which operated on April 14th, 2017 and Gorontalo Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants in North Gorontalo, Gorontalo, which operated since February 19th, 2016.

Padang Guci Mini Hydro Power Plants, which is a Special Purpose Company (SPC) under the group of Brantas Energi, is operated by PT Sahung Brantas Energi. The Commercial Operation Date (COD) acceptance official report signing session with PLN in South Sumatra, Jambi, and Bengkulu (WS2JB) were also done on April 20th, 2017. “This Padang Guci Mini Hydro Power Plant is expected to be a solution for people in Bengkulu who still have a lack of electricity supply until now,” said Sutjipto.

Padang Guci MHPP (3 x 2,0 MW)

After the succeed of Padang Guci Mini Hydro Power Plants project, PT Brantas Energi is now stepping forward to the Padang Guci-2 Mini Hydro Power Plants, which is located around 6 kilometers next to the upstream of Padang Guci Mini Hydro Power Plants. By using the flow of Padang Guci River, which has very rapid flow, and supported by nature’s condition, the potency of building a Mini Hydro Power Plants is getting bigger.

On August 2nd, 2017, PT Brantas Energi through the other SPC, which is PT Brantas Hidro Energi, was also has done an agreement signing session with PLN for Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Padang Guci-2 at Hotel Mulia, Jakarta. This signing session was directly be witnessed by Ignasius Jonan, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. Simultaneously, the signing session for PPA in PLN West Sumatra Area has been done in Padang for Sako Mini Hydro Power Plants with 2 x 3.0 MW capacity which will be operated by other SPC (PT Brantas Cakrawala Energi).

The establishment of Gorontalo Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants, which has 2.0 MWp power, is also one of PT Brantas Energi renewable energy project. This power plant is located in Motihelumo Village, North Gorontalo Regency, Gorontalo with the total investment of around Rp. 50 billion. “For the establishment, we synergize with a local solar panel module manufacture, which is PT Adyawinsa,“ said Sutjipto.

Gorontalo Solar PV Power Plant (2,0 MWp)

The signing session of acceptance official report based on Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants operation with PLN North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, and Gorontalo Area has been done on February 2016.

For the recent 20 MW power plants that are now under construction, there are 3 Mini Hydro Power Plants, which are 2 locations in South Sulawesi and one location in West Sumatra.

“The projects that we are working on for 2019 has 100 MW power and based on hydropower. There are 7 locations, which is widespread in South Sulawesi and West Sumatra,” said Sutjipto.

“For company’s long-term planning in 5 years ahead, the target of the company is to build power plants unit with 400 MW power, especially the hydropower-based. In particular, Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, and South Sulawesi will be the location of this power plants development because there is a lot of hydropower potency in those areas. It is the real proof of PT Brantas Energi’s commitment to increase the use of renewable energy as an implementation of electrification ratio improvement in small rural areas where the existence of electrical connections is far from there,” said Sutjipto.

Related with the rules and tariff, Sutjipto expects that there is a change of policy from the government, so the investors will be more supported. “We expect that the tariff appointment from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is not based on ceiling tariff, but based on a fixed price. A negotiation process with PLN will occur if there is a ceiling tariff inside of it. The negotiation will extend the time in PPA process,” said Sutjipto.

Sutjipto added that the positive side from the newest policy is the tariff has been accommodated in US$, so it will help the investors to get the loan of money in US$ exchange rate with the more valuable interest rate.

As a part of the government’s role to reach the target of the fusion of national electricity energy sources based on renewable energy with the cost of 23% on 2025 like what is stated in National Energy Policy, PT Brantas Energi will continually contribute on renewable energy infrastructure development. Following the Eco Responsible company’s motto, PT Brantas Energi is not only focused on infrastructure development but also actively takes apart to preserve the environment through the renewable energy based power plants unit to reduce the carbon emissions and global warming.