New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
New Zealand shares its expertise in geothermal technology with Indonesia
New Zealand looks forward to continuing to share its expertise in geothermal technology with Indonesia, said New Zealand Ambassador David Taylor at the opening of a geothermal course in Yogyakarta recently.
More than 60 people attended the five-day course that included speakers from the University of Auckland’s faculty of engineering and Gadjah Mada University (UGM), as well as the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), a partly New Zealand government-funded research institute.
Both New Zealand and Indonesia are situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, among the world’s most active volcanic zones. This provides an abundant geothermal energy resource.
New Zealand pioneered the development of large-scale geothermal electricity generation in the 1950s, said Taylor. And in the 1970s, New Zealand engineers, working with their Indonesia partners supported by New Zealand Government funding, developed Indonesia’s first geothermal power plant: Kamojang 1. This was opened in 1982 by then Indonesian President Soeharto and New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon. More recently, New Zealand expertise also helped develop Wayan Windu II, a geothermal plant in West Java.
Continued collaboration between the two countries in aspects of geothermal research and development will benefit both countries in their pursuit of sustainable energy resources, said Taylor.
Many of Indonesia’s leading engineers and scientists trained in New Zealand under a geothermal postgraduate programme run by the University of Auckland’s world-leading Geothermal Institute. UGM and the University of Auckland, along with GNS, recently agreed to cooperate in developing geothermal energy sources. This will involve the transfer of geothermal knowledge to UGM’s experts. New Zealand continues to offer world-class education opportunities in geothermal science, as well as in many other fields.
In 2015 New Zealand will host (jointly with Australia) the World Geothermal Congress.