ESDM Ministry Collaborates with New Zealand to Develop NZ$6.8 Million Valued Geothermal

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JAKARTA, presidentpost.id – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) through the ESDM Human Resource Development Agency (BPSDM ESDM) signed Partnership Arrangement with the government of New Zealand on Thursday (9/6) at JCC Senayan Jakarta, at the 6th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition 2018, which was opened by ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Agus Hermanto.

The Partnership Arrangement was signed Head of BPSDM ESDM IGN Wiratmaja Puja and New Zealand Ambassador Trevor Matheson. The benefits of this Partnership Arrangement for Indonesia include added value for the development of human resources in the geothermal field as well as improving the capacity and competence of teachers and workers in the geothermal industry.

“Geothermal potential in Indonesia is extraordinary as our country is in the ring of fire area. To develop the huge potential, human resources and innovations are needed and they have to be kept upscaling in accordance with the global development,” Wiratmaja said.

In his remarks, the ESDM minister emphasized the acceleration of geothermal projects in Indonesia to increase the used of environmentally friendly energy.

Through the cooperation with BPSDM ESDM, the New Zealand government provides funds of 6.8 million New Zealand dollars for financing the development of human resources in geothermal sector in Indonesia, by:

  1. Strengthening institutional quality
  2. Training for establishment (BU) or permanent establishment (BUT) in geothermal
  3. Improving the training quality held at the Indonesian educational institutions, including the curriculum design, trainers, potential training programs, as well as training of trainers (ToT)
  4. Expanding the opportunities for local communities to positively engage in this geothermal sector and getting the skilled jobs, also providing benefits to the economic development in Indonesia.

The collaboration is a continuation of the Arrangement between the Indonesian government in the field of renewable energy and energy conservation with the New Zealand government signed on July 18, 2016. In this Arrangement, the New Zealand government provides technical assistance and capacity building to increase the production of renewable energy and followed by the support to geothermal development in Indonesia.  (ESDM/TPP)