“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pertamina Kicks Off $1.4b Refinery Upgrade

Jakarta Globe, December 29, 2011

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at podium, inaugurated a
$1.4 billion upgrade project at a Pertamina oil refinery in Cilacap, West
Java, on Wednesday. (Antara Photo)
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Pertamina, the state-controlled Indonesian oil and gas company, has begun a $1.4 billion project to upgrade an oil refinery in Cilacap, Central Java, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurating the project’s groundbreaking on Wednesday.

The company is upgrading its refinery into a residual fluid catalytic cracking plant that can convert crude oil and its residual components into higher-value products such as gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas and propylene.

The refinery, which can currently process 348,000 barrels of crude oil per day, will be able to process an extra 62,000 barrels a day after the upgrade.

“Refineries are an important chain of Pertamina’s downstream sector business,” Karen Agustiawan, Pertamina’s president director, said in a speech. She added that the refinery’s “commercial operation is expected [to begin] by the end of 2014.”

“More than that,” she said, “Pertamina’s refineries play a vital role in the nation’s energy security.”

Pertamina has six refineries with a total processing capacity of one million barrels per day, and the company produces 41 million kiloliters of gasoline per year.

However, the nation’s fuel consumption has reached 56 million kiloliters of gasoline per year and is expected to increase at an annual average rate of 4 percent. Indonesia must import oil products to fill in the production gap.

The Cilacap refinery produces 3.8 million kiloliters of gasoline every year. The upgrade will boost the refinery’s annual production by 1.9 million kiloliters.

State construction firm Adhi Karya and Goldstar of South Korea won an engineering procurement contract worth $931 million to lead the refinery upgrade project.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Indonesia’s PLN to Operate 3 New Coal-Fired Plants

Jakarta Globe, December 28, 2011

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Indonesian state utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara will operate three new coal-fired power plants in Banten, the company said on Wednesday.

PLN CEO Nur Pamudji said, these power plants are crucial to step up power capacity in Java and Bali from 19,700 up to 23,000 megawatt (MW).

The coal-fired power plant is also said to cut PLN expenses as much as 19.9 trillion rupiah ($2.19 billion) per year, by converting from fuel-based power plant.

Details on power plant projects as follows:

— PLTU 1 Banten-Suralya: Capacity at 1 x 625 megawatt with 2.9 million metric tons per year coal consumption. Located in Suralaya, Banten, with investment size at around $478 million. The project is run by CNTIC and Indonesia state-owned Rekayasa Industri consortium.

— PLTU 3 Banten-Lontar: Capacity at 3 x 315 megawatt with 1.4 million metric tons per year coal consumption. Located in Lontar, Banten, with investment size at around $808.4 million. The project is run by China power equipment giant Dongfang Electric Corporation and Dalle Energy consortium.

— PLTU Tanjung Jati B: Capacity at 2 x 662 megawatt with 2.2 million metric tons per year coal consumption. Located in Tubanan, Central Java, with investment size at around 160 billion yen ($2.06 billion). The project is run by Japan’s third-largest trading firm Sumitomo Corporation, Wasa Mitra Engineering and Bangladeshi power firm Summit Power Development Ltd.

Indonesia wants to boost its electricity capacity under the government’s fast-track program to add a total of 20,000 megawatts generating capacity. Power shortages are common in Indonesia, where poor infrastructure is one of the factors restricting growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Two ministers to facilitate geothermal projects in forest areas

Antara News, Mon, December 19 2011

Jero Wacik (right) and Zulkifli Hasan (left).
(ANTARA/Prasetyo Utomo)

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik and Forestry Minister Zukfili Hassan on Monday inked an agreement to facilitate implementation of geothermal energy projects in production and protected and development of the same energy sources in conservation forest areas.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two ministers, the two parties would coordinate with each other on and speed up the issuance of licences for geothermal development projects in production, protected and conservation forest areas in the country.

Jero Wacik said on the occasion the country`s need for energy was increasing continuously and therefore development of alternative energy sources including geothermal had become an absolute need.

"We will from now on more seriously encourage development of geothermal energy sources," Wacik said, noting that 40 percent of the world`s geothermal energy potentials was to be found in Indonesia.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hassan for his part said the agreement with the energy and mineral resources minister was made in line with a presidential instruction to speed up development of geothermal energy resources.

"This MoU will support the government`s program to build a 10,000-MW power production capacity," he said.

Jero said in the MoU the two sides had set the time required to issue a license for the initiation of a geothermal development project in a protected forest area at 1 to 7 months and to speed up the issuance of permits for 28 such projects across the country.

The 28 peojects were located at Lumit Balai, Sarulla, Karaha, Telaga Ngebel, Bedugul, Gunung Ungaran, Gunung Rajabasa, Rauntau Dedap, Gunung Tampomas, Hu`u Daha, Sorik Merapi., Sokaria.

Also at Tangkuban Perahu, Balwen Ijen, Baturaden, , Wayang Windu, Patuha, Dieng, Kaldera Danau Banten, Cisolok Sukarame, Lili Panangawan, Sungai Penuh, Hululais, Kamojang 5 and 6, Sibayak, Iyang Argopuro, Kotamobagu and Darajat.

"The stipulation of a maximum period for the issuance of a license is meant to give the developer certainty in applying for a license and to minimize the possibility of overlaps in the designation of the frest areas concerned," Jero said.

Editor: Priyambodo RH

Friday, December 16, 2011

Indonesia Passes Land Acquisition Bill

Jakarta Globe, December 16, 2011

Indonesian members of parliament approved the final draft of a long-awaited
 land bill on Wednesday that investors hope will speed up land acquisition for
 government infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
(Antara Photo)
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Jakarta. Indonesia’s House of Representatives on Friday approved a long-awaited land acquisition bill investors hope will give a big boost to government infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia’s top economy.

The bill is an attempt to break the bottleneck in infrastructure development that has long been seen as holding back growth in Southeast Asia’s top economy.

It also presents major investment opportunities in a country where roads, ports and airports are overloaded.

The House, also known as the DPR, on Wednesday signaled it would pass the bill. 

A day later, Fitch Ratings gave Indonesia an investment grade rating, which could act as a spur to much-needed investment. 

Fitch had cited weak infrastructure as one reason why it had delayed the upgrade.  

The controversial bill was passed despite a barrage of interruptions from members of the 560-strong parliament.

Shares in Indonesian construction, property and toll road firms have rallied this week on hopes the bill would be passed.

Bankers say the delay in passing the bill has been holding up the dispersal of loans to companies for infrastructure development this year.

The main toll road operator, Jasa Marga had described the impact of the delay on its business as like a race car waiting for a track.  

Sucorinvest sees the bill as positive for firms such as PT Wijaya Karya, PT Citra Marga Nusaphala Persada and PT Adhi Karya. 

Though the bill only applies to government projects, it is likely to benefit privately operated projects on government-bought land.

The government is relying on about $150 billion of private investment between 2010 and 2014 to overhaul its roads, railways and ports.

Without better infrastructure, analysts say the country’s growth may start to slow because of capacity constraints. 

Human rights groups say the bill disregards traditional land rights and could lead to more conflict over land and forced expropriation of property.



Thursday, December 15, 2011

PLN ready to build Jatigede hydro power plant

Antara News, Thu, December 15 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State electricity company PT PLN is planning to build a hydro power plant with a capacity of 2x25 megawatts in Jatigede, Sumedang district, West Java province.

The plan would soon be realized following an agreement between PLN and the Directorate General of Water Resources at the Public Works Ministry, PLN senior corporate communication manager Bambang Dwiyanto said here on Thursday.

Under the agreement, the Public Works Ministry will develop and manage a dam needed to operate the power plant, while PLN will build and manage the power plant.

The construction of Jatigede hydro power plant will cover a power house, along with water ways, surge tank, penstock, tailrace, transformer yard and switch yard, transmission line and other supporting facilities.

"The electrical power produced by the Jatigede power plant will be incorporated to the Java-Bali 150 kV transmission system," Bambang said.

The construction of the dam is designed not only to generate electricity but also to irrigate 90 hectares of rice field and control floods in West Java`s northern coastal areas, particularly between Cirebon and Indramayu.

The construction of the hydro power plant will cost an estimated US$224.4 million.

Bambang said PLN was in the process of preparing a tender for the construction of the 2x25 megawatt-capacity power plant. "We hope that the Jatigede power plant will be able to supply electrical power to the Java-Bali transmission system as early as in 2015," he said.

Editor: Heru

INDONESIA: BMW starts assembling 5-series in Indonesia

Just-Auto, Tony Pugliese, 15 December 2011

BMW has begun assembly of its 5-series in Indonesia, at the PT Gaya Motor plant in Jakarta which is owned by its local distributor PT Astra International.

The plant, which also makes the 3-series model as well as vehicles of other brands, has an initial capacity of four 5-series units a day. This will be increased to eight in early 2012. Around 80% of local 5-series sales are expected to be assembled at the plant.

BMW sold 1,399 units in the January-November period of 2011, including 496 3-series and 394 5-series.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

RI, China exploring cooperation on renewable energy

Antara News, Mon, December 12 2011

 Indonesia and China which had a big population were seeking to cooperate on renewable energy to anticipate the depletion of fossil energy resources.

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and China are exploring cooperation on the development of renewable energy, a cabinet minister said.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said here on Monday that Indonesia and China which had a big population were seeking to cooperate on renewable energy to anticipate the depletion of fossil energy resources.

"It is important for the two countries to develop renewable energy in the face of declining fossil energy resources. After all, China has relatively advanced technology on renewable energy, such as technology on the utilization of solar and hydro energy," the minister said.

The minister expressed his hope that the two countries would respectively set up a team to follow up on the results of a meeting between him and a Chinese delegation which was led by Cao Jialin, deputy technology minister at the Chinese Science and Technology Ministry.

Earlier, the forestry minister said that timber estate management and wood pellet product were two business sectors that were prospective for investors.

"Wood pellet as fuel is a renewable energy and environment friendly. This is because it involves a process of planting first and then utilizing it," the minister said.

At present, South Korea is encouraging the utilization of bio mass energy in the form of wood pellets in line with the shrinking of fossil fuel resources.

The problem is that the expansion of timber estate in South Korea faced land limitation problem.

The minister said that Indonesia needed to develop its bio mass energy because besides optimizing raw materials from timber estate the business also could absorb many workers.

Forestry Ministry Secretary General Hadi Daryanto said that there were three Korean investors who had been given permits by the ministry to develop timber estates and wood pellet factory with a production capacity of about 40,000 tons.

"The Korean investors needed large lands for their investment. The proposals that have been tabled cover 200,000 hectares and the ministry has approved 140,000 hectares with an investment of Rp6 trillion," he said.

Editor: Heru