Monday, 28 July 2008

An energy self-sufficient village in NTB to be built

The West Nusa Tenggara Mining and Energy Office is developing an energy self-sufficient village to cope with electricity shortages. The project will exploit water falls in seven locations to construct the Teras Genit micro hydro power plant in West Lombok. West Nusa Tenggara Mining and Energy Office deputy-chief, Heryadi Rahmat, said the power plant will be able to produce 30 KW of electrical power. The project is expected to become an example in exploiting new, untapped energies. “The potential is huge”, said Heryadi in Mataram yesterday. Besides the waterfalls, the energy self-sufficient village will make use of geothermal energy source in Sembalun, East Lombok. Based on a study by the Geological Agency, geothermal sources can generate 65 MW of energy. The same goes for the geothermal source in Dompu regency. Meanwhile, garnering energy from under-sea current sources in East Lombok will be one of three similar projects in the world. (

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