dws-rhdhv-tirasa-hydropower-ingula-south-africa-650px-1Tirasa and Royal HaskoningDHV signed an agreement with the intention to collaborate in developing of small scale hydropower plants in Indonesia with a total capacity of 100 MW.

The five-year agreement commences with feasibility studies and reviews within targeted areas. An estimated 350,000 people could benefit from connected to the grid because of these hydropower plants.

The signing took place on 21 November during the Indonesia-Netherlands Business Diner on the occasion of a Dutch trade mission lead by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

dws-rhdhv-tirasa-hydropower-ciliwung-gate-350pxDaily electricity blackouts
A report by Differ Group in 2012 stated that Indonesia's electricity generation capacities are outdated and insufficient, operating at an average capacity factor of 66%. It also stresses that the country experiences daily blackouts lasting on average 4 hours a day and claims that more than 86 million Indonesians still lack even the basic access to electricity.

Similarly the World Bank identifies that the provision of reliable electricity in Indonesia as a pressing issue. In a 2011 report it ranked Indonesia as being 161st amongst 183 countries surveyed as to the ease of getting reliable electricity supply for business.

Good opportunity
"This is something which is much needed in Indonesia which is likely to deliver electricity to some 80,000 homes. This event provides us with the opportunity to commit to taking such a programme forward in collaboration with one of the world’s leaders in the field", said Mr Suryana Padma, president director Tirasa.

Mr Wybe de Jager, resident director Royal HaskoningDHV Indonesia said:  "This is a perfect example of partnership in action which clearly reflects our mission of enhancing society together. We are extremely honoured to have such an important agreement signed in the presence of Prime Minister Rutte and the entire high profile delegation".

This news item was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.

Read more on this website on the Dutch economic mission to Indonesia lead by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation Lilianne Ploumen:
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Paques signs MoU with Indonesian oil company Pertamina for cooperation on treatment of bleed water, 25 November 2013
Dutch and Indonesian institutes intensify collaboration on water, weather and climate forecasts, 25 November 2013
New Garuda shaped master plan gives Jakarta new perspective on coastal city development, 22 November 2013
Van Oord contracted to construct five islands in port of Surabaya, Indonesia, 21 November 2013
Dutch water sector intensifies Jakarta collaboration, 20 November 2013

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