Black & Veatch, an esteemed engineering group, has unveiled promising findings from a feasibility study pertaining to a green hydrogen production initiative in Indonesia, which could potentially transform the country's energy landscape. This study, commissioned by Augustus Global Investment, has confirmed the technical and economic viability of the proposed scheme.
In this ambitious plan, the German-based investor is prepared to commit an impressive USD 500 million (EUR 467.3 million) to establish an electrolyser facility in Indonesia's Aceh province, with the capacity to produce a staggering 98.5 tonnes of hydrogen daily. This cutting-edge facility, situated in the Arun Lhokseumawe Special Economic Zone (SEZ), will be powered by renewable electricity sourced from the grid. Notably, a supply agreement was inked with state utility company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara earlier this summer, solidifying the project's prospects.
Black & Veatch's role in this endeavor encompassed crucial tasks such as devising the plant configuration, analyzing the technology required, and providing cost estimates for the production and storage of hydrogen. Narsingh Chaudhary, President of Asia Pacific and India at Black & Veatch, underlined the immense potential of Indonesia's abundant energy and renewable resources, particularly geothermal energy. He emphasized the project's potential to catalyze the creation of a long-term hydrogen economy in Indonesia over the coming decade.
According to local media reports, the construction of this groundbreaking project is slated to commence in 2026, with production operations targeted to commence in the same year. This initiative represents a significant stride toward leveraging Indonesia's sustainable energy resources and fostering a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.