GE is to supply two of its new 41 MW LM6000-PG aeroderivative units in Indonesia to the Senipah Power Plant, a new independent power plant (IPP) 70 km from Balikpapan, in the East Kalimanta region

The installation of this technology by the plant’s owner PT Kartanegara Energi Perkasa (KEP) is the first in Asia and the second in the world, following a recently commissioned project at Turlock in California.

Building on the success of the LM6000 product line, the LM6000-PG offers increased power output, operating flexibility and efficiency, among other key features, according to GE.

About 70 million Indonesians are still without electricity but the government plans to connect an additional 1.3 million households per year to the grid through to 2025. In the shorter term, the government aims to achieve 65 per cent electrification by the year-end.

To meet the electricity demand, expected to grow by more than 9 percent a year for the next several years, Indonesia plans to develop an additional 35.7 GW of power capacity by 2018.

In simple-cycle operation, the Senipah facility will generate 82 MW, with a plant availability of 85 percent. KEP plans to upgrade the Senipah plant from simple cycle to a combined-cycle in 2013.

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