Mr Bertrand van Ee, Chairman of International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will be joining the Netherlands Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Ploumen and Minister Dijksma trade mission to Indonesia from 20 to 22 November 2013.
During this visit, TIRASA and Royal HaskoningDHV will be signing a Head of Cooperation Agreement with the intention to collaborate in developing a total of 100 MW of small scale hydropower plants in Indonesia in the next 5 years commencing with feasibility studies and reviews within targeted areas of the region. An estimated 350,000 people could benefit from connected to the grid because of these hydropower plants.
A report in 2012 stated that Indonesia’s electricity generation capacities are outdated and insufficient, operating at an average capacity factor of 66%. It also stresses that the country experiences daily blackouts lasting on average 4 hours a day and claims that more than 86 million Indonesians still lack even the basic access to electricity. Similarly the World Bank identifies that the provision of reliable electricity in Indonesia as a pressing issue. In a 2011 report it ranked Indonesia as being 161st amongst 183 countries surveyed as to the ease of getting reliable electricity supply for business.