Erick Thohir Appreciates Pertamina’s Cooperation with Pondera to Build PLTB


Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Erick Thohir appreciated the commitment of PT Pertamina (Persero) in supporting the application of green energy. Erick said that Pertamina’s step through Pertamina Power Indonesia (Pertamina NRE) in collaboration with Pondera Development BV was a concrete form in the effort to develop wind power plants (PLTB). Erick assessed that this was in line with the transformation of SOEs that targeted three main things, namely human resources, business models, and innovation.

“Yesterday we just saw how Freeport launched 5G mining. Today, I am very happy when Pertamina and Pondera are working together to make this windmill , wind power, but it is prioritized to create green hydrogen ,” said Erick while visiting the Pondera PLTB facility in Flevoland, The Netherlands, Friday (2/9).

Erick assessed that this is also part of Indonesia’s energy transition efforts and also to meet energy needs in the future. Erick said that Indonesia’s economic growth of 5.44 percent will continue to grow until 2045 and will certainly have an impact on increasing energy demand in the future.

“This means that electricity needs are definitely needed and the balance between electricity produced by coal and others, with those produced by wind, sun, water, geothermal must be a must. This is what we are doing for our children and grandchildren in the future. This is why I really appreciate Pondera and Pertamina can work together,” said Erick.

Pertamina NRE President Director Dannif Danusaputro said the pilot projects from this collaboration would be carried out in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Banten. Dannif said that each PLTB has various capacities.

“In Sumba it may be small, between five megawatts (Mw) to 10 megawatts, but the one in Banten is quite large in terms of hundreds of Mw like this, the study allows for onshore to offshore potential,” said Dannif.

Dannif said Pondera, who is a global renewable energy consultant and developer, has a wealth of experience in developing onshore and offshore wind energy projects in Europe and in Asia. Dannif assessed that the collaboration with Pondera would provide many benefits for Pertamina NRE in developing PLTB.

“We hope that there will be a transfer of knowledge, technology transfer, and from a regulatory perspective, perhaps something that we will advocate together for the things we need,” continued Dannif.

Pondera CEO Hans Rijntalder welcomed Erick’s visit to Pondera’s PLTB facility. Hans said the PLTB facility in Noordoostpolder, Flevoland, is one of the largest offshore wind farms.

“This produces enough electricity for Dutch electric trains,” said Hans.

Director General of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Peter Potman said the Dutch government warmly welcomes Erick’s presence in the Netherlands. Peter said that the Indonesian-Dutch cooperation relationship was well established and covered many sectors.

“We, from the Dutch government, really appreciate economic cooperation. We are very relieved after Covid, this cooperation can continue again after the visit of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte in 2019. Now companies can visit each other,” said Peter.

Peter said the energy transition is very important in the effort to deal with climate change. Peter believes that Indonesia has great potential in providing clean energy for Asia and the world in the future.

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