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Geothermal Energy Science An open-access journal
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Volume 3, issue 1
Geoth. Energ. Sci., 3, 1-6, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gtes-3-1-2015
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Special issue: Estimation and classification of geothermal potential...

Geoth. Energ. Sci., 3, 1-6, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gtes-3-1-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  17 Feb 2015

17 Feb 2015

Geothermal resources and reserves in Indonesia: an updated revision

A. Fauzi A. Fauzi
  • PT. Geo Power Indonesia, Menara Palma #15-02A-B Kuningan, 12950 Jakarta, Indonesia

Abstract. More than 300 high- to low-enthalpy geothermal sources have been identified throughout Indonesia. From the early 1980s until the late 1990s, the geothermal potential for power production in Indonesia was estimated to be about 20 000 MWe. The most recent estimate exceeds 29 000 MWe derived from the 300 sites (Geological Agency, December 2013).

This resource estimate has been obtained by adding all of the estimated geothermal potential resources and reserves classified as "speculative", "hypothetical", "possible", "probable", and "proven" from all sites where such information is available. However, this approach to estimating the geothermal potential is flawed because it includes double counting of some reserve estimates as resource estimates, thus giving an inflated figure for the total national geothermal potential.

This paper describes an updated revision of the geothermal resource estimate in Indonesia using a more realistic methodology. The methodology proposes that the preliminary "Speculative Resource" category should cover the full potential of a geothermal area and form the base reference figure for the resource of the area. Further investigation of this resource may improve the level of confidence of the category of reserves but will not necessarily increase the figure of the "preliminary resource estimate" as a whole, unless the result of the investigation is higher. A previous paper (Fauzi, 2013a, b) redefined and revised the geothermal resource estimate for Indonesia. The methodology, adopted from Fauzi (2013a, b), will be fully described in this paper. As a result of using the revised methodology, the potential geothermal resources and reserves for Indonesia are estimated to be about 24 000 MWe, some 5000 MWe less than the 2013 national estimate.

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