Following the development of the 100-hectare Sidrap Wind Farm in Sindereng Rappang regency, South Sulawesi will soon have another wind farm in Jeneponto regency, the construction of which is expected to be completed in July.
The construction of the Jeneponto I Wind Farm, designed to have a capacity of 72 megawatts (MW), was initially set to begin operation in 2019.
“We just need to install the poles and turbines. We only need two or three months,” PT Energi Bayu Jeneponto construction director Peter Oliver said at the wind farm on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a 135-meter high tower was still being held at the Soekarno-Hatta Port in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar, which is 100 kilometers away from the location.
The wind farm was developed by PT Energi Bayu Jeneponto in cooperation with Australian based Equis Energy. Investment for the first phase of the project reached US$160 million. The project is being developed on 60 hectares of land in three districts — Turatea, Binamu and Batang.
PLN general manager for South, West and Southeast Sulawesi Bambang Yusuf said that PLN would carry out a trial operation soon after the completion of the project’s construction and before the power plant is connected to the PLN network.
“When the farm begins operation, our capacity will be 1,500 MW,” he said, adding that PLN would buy the electricity at 10.89 US cents per kilowatt per hour.
The peak supply for PLN in the area reaches 1,100 MW, meaning that PLN had 100 MW of electricity reserves, he added.