MAN Energy Solutions has successfully commissioned three power plants in the east of Indonesia.

Two plants, each with three 18V51/60DF engines, provide the cities of Bima and Sumbawa with 50 MW of electric power each for the grid of the province of West Nusa Tenggara. The third plant in Maumere on the island of Flores is powered by four 12V51/60DF engines with a total capacity of 40 MW.

“Reliably supplying over 1000 inhabited islands is a huge challenge,” said Götz Kassing, MAN Energy’s managing director for Indonesia.

“We are very pleased that we were able to support the Indonesian government with this project. Our decentralized power plant solutions for reliably supplying energy to islands and remote regions have proven themselves many times. The dual-fuel engines used offer complete fuel flexibility, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the power plants, which can be operated with low-emission LNG at any time.”

MAN Energy will also maintain and operate the plants for five years and by the end of this year it expects that out of more than 130 service staff, 90 per cent will come from the local population.

Since 2018, MAN Energy Solutions has also been teaming up with the German-Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other industrial partners to offer an education program for industrial mechanics. The training course lasts four years and is based on the German dual study system combining practical training and academic studies. The first cohort of 20 young Indonesians began the course at a vocational school in Jakarta last year, and two of the students will complete the practical module at MAN Energy Solutions Indonesia.

“Besides the energy supply, the economic opportunities of the local population are also an important concern on the islands. We are contributing in creating jobs and providing training,” said Dr Michael Filous, vice-president of MAN’s service arm MAN PrimeServ. “We rely on more than 130 local employees for operating the three power plants, and we provide further training for these staff regarding the specific work involved in the plants at our service hub in Surabaya.”

When constructing the new plants, MAN Energy Solutions worked in close collaboration with the Indonesian company Wijaya Karya (WIKA) and shared EPC responsibility as part of an open consortium. While WIKA took on the assembly of the power plants, MAN Energy Solutions was responsible for the delivery, assembly monitoring and commissioning of the engines, for mechanical and electrical accessories and the design of the power house.

“The Indonesian government pays great attention to the issue of electrification. We are proud that we are contributing to these plans. With the three new power plants we are significantly improving the electricity infrastructure in West Nusa Tenggara and Flores”, said WIKA director Bambang Pramujo.

MAN Energy Solutions is currently equipping another six island power plants in Indonesia with a total capacity of 125 MW. Two power plants in Tanjung Selor and Biak are each powered by two 9L51/60DF engines each with 15 MW of electrical power. The company also supplied two 12V51/60DF engines each with 20 MW of electrical power for three power plants in Merauke, Langgur and Seram. The sixth power plant was recently successfully commissioned on the island of Nias off the west coast of Sumatra and features five 7L51/60DF engines with a total capacity of 35 MW.
POWERGEN Asia, which took place in Kuala Lumpur last week, will return to Indonesia next year. For details of the event, click here.

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