Tata and Chevron Bid for Indonesian Geothermal Project

16 March 2010 (Last Updated March 16th, 2010 18:30)

India's Tata Power and Chevron Corp's Indonesian unit are among several firms that have submitted bids for a geothermal power project in Indonesia, a government official has announced. Indonesia's PT Medco Energi Internasional is part of a consortium with Ormat Technologies and several

India's Tata Power and Chevron Corp's Indonesian unit are among several firms that have submitted bids for a geothermal power project in Indonesia, a government official has announced.

Indonesia's PT Medco Energi Internasional is part of a consortium with Ormat Technologies and several other local firms, which have made separate bids for the project.

Tata, India's largest private-sector utility, is part of a consortium with Indonesian firm PT Supraco Energy, reports Reuters.

The bids are to build a geothermal power plant in Sorik Merapi, North Sumatra, with initial capacity of 55MW, gradually increasing to 200MW.

"This is a preliminary bid, the government will look carefully at the capabilities of the firms before deciding on the winner," said the official at the energy and mines ministry, who declined to be quoted by name, Reuters reports.

Indonesia has launched the first phase of the programme to add 10,000MW of generating capacity from 35 new coal-fired power plants, mostly still under construction.