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Electrifying Gorontalo: Our Commitment to Deliver Fast Power to The Nation’s Remotest

Located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, on the Minahassa peninsula, Gorontalo province is famous for its beautiful mountainous panoramic view and beautiful diving sites. Home to the highest marine biodiversity on the planet, making up one of the many fascinating underwater landscapes.

Unfortunately, the power grid that supplied power to this province faltered under the growing demand.  From the total power supply needed off 80 megawatts (MW), only half of which could be met by Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). Currently, most of Gorontalo’s power supply is obtained from North Sulawesi SuLutGo power system. According to the data of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in October 2015, Gorontalo’s electrification ratio was 77.58%. This means that over 59.6 households in Gorontalo province did not have access electricity.

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Acknowledging the pressing urge to increase Indonesia’s electrification rate, Indonesian government designed a 35 GW power project as part of the National Medium Term Development Program 2015-2019. This gas-fired Gorontalo power plant has become one of the first-to-run 35GW projects.

In a groundbreaking ceremony today, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, officially inaugurated the gas-fired power plant. The power plant developed by PT PP is located in Maleo Village, Paguat District, Pohuwato Regency, was completed in six months, and has been operating since March 2016. The power from PLTG Gorontalo will be distributed through Gardu Induk (GI) Marisa to Gorontalo and North Sulawesi power system.

CEO GE Indonesia, Handry Satriago, who also attended the event said, “GE is committed to supporting the Indonesian government and PLN to fulfill the 35 GW program, and we are proud to be selected as the technology partner to provide mobile power plant technology in the Gorontalo 100 MW Gas-Fired Power plant.”

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GE’s TM2500 generator set, which is trailer mounted and can be installed faster than traditional power plants, is ideally suited to meet Indonesia’s growth plans. Each TM2500 generator set can produce more than 25MW of power output in the hot Indonesian climate—enough power for approximately 25,000 homes. Altogether, the four units for the Gorontalo province will provide 100 MW of power and will be used for grid stability and expected power demand increases from the people of Sulawesi in the coming years.

“We are proud to work with the Indonesian government to provide our best mobile power solution, the TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine, to the Gorontalo province,” said Fajar Akbar, Indonesia senior sales leader for Aeroderivative Gas Turbines at GE Power & Water. “This technology has been installed successfully in areas such as Egypt, Algeria, Greece and Japan, and the trailer-mounted capabilities allow the TM2500 to be installed quickly, run efficiently and provide reliable power for years to come. We look forward to working with Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Indonesia’s state electricity company on additional projects for the Indonesian people in the future.”

The TM2500 generator set includes GE’s LM2500 gas turbine, which is one of the most installed and successful gas turbines in its class with more than 75 million operating hours. TM2500s have been a leading technology for fast and emergency power applications in the past 15 years, with more than 200 units delivered globally and less than half the installation time of other similarly-sized power solution.

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