Jakarta – Consortium of Chevron New Energies through PT Jasa Daya Chevron (Chevron) and PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, Tbk. (PGE) (IDX: PGEO) signed several foundation agreements at Park Hyatt Hotel, Jakarta which will become the basis to incorporate a local new business entity and placement of the exploration commitment fund in the joint account. The new entity will officially hold the license (IPB) of the working area and will carry out various activities in this exploration phase, which will include among others various survey works and exploration drilling.
The signing of the agreements follows the 12 June 2023 decision of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources regarding the determination of the consortium of PGE and Chevron as the winner of the geothermal working area (WKP) auction for Way Ratai in Lampung Province.
President Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy Tbk Julfi Hadi said that “the consortium has been working with the Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) in the last few months to build strong legal and commercial frameworks acceptable to the consortium parties and the government of Indonesia, in alignment with the relevant regulations.”
Chevron Indonesia Country Manager Wahyu Budiarto added, “a strong legal and commercial framework is critical to executing various exploration programs and the future development of WKP Way Ratai. Chevron and PGE expect to find and confirm geothermal resources, which will be developed to produce green electricity in accordance with the existing national power electricity plan. The consortium will also explore the utilization of geothermal resources for a potential green hydrogen or green ammonia production hub in western Indonesia to supply to domestic and export markets.”
Director General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), Yudo Dwinanda Priaadi welcomed this agreement and said, “this is a significant milestone for both Chevron and PGE in exploring the untapped geothermal resources in Way Ratai Block to help contribute to Indonesia’s energy transition objectives.”