Bahtera Project and West Java branch of the State Electricity Company (PLN) signed a memorandum of understanding witnessed by a number of Ministers during the Indonesianisme Summit held by Bandung Institute of Technology Alumni Association (IA-ITB) at Grand Sahid Jaya, Jakarta on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Marketing Director of PT Hidro Turbin Indonesia (HITI) Ismaryanto said that Bahtera Project will construct mini hydro power plants with a 2×2 megawatts electricity generating capacity in Garut to provide electricity for West Java PLN. The construction is expected to be completed in two years.
“The mini hydro power plant will be equipped a water turbine produced by HITI. It’s a domestic-made turbine by HITI, a company developed by three ITB alumni,” Ismaryanto said on Monday, December 12, 2016.
According to Ismaryanto, the MoU signing is a form of support to the development of domestic products, which is in accordance with the spirit of the Indonesianisme Summit.
Ismaryanto added that Indonesia often rely on imported materials from China, India, and Eastern European countries to build mini-hydro power plants. “That’s why [ITB alumni] established HITI with an intention to take over the Indonesian market that has been dominated by imported products,” Ismaryanto said.