Black & Veatch, Indonesian firm team up to develop tidal-energy projects

Indonesian coast
Indonesian coast | Contributed photo

Following a recent BKPM trade summit in London, attended by senior officials from Indonesia and Great Britain, Indonesia's SBS INTL Ltd. and Kansas-based Black & Veatch signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this week to facilitate the development of tidal-current energy projects in Indonesia.

“This important renewable-energy project has the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting Indonesia’s energy needs, especially on remote islands,” Black & Veatch Tidal Energy Technical Director Tim Baker said. “The U.K.’s tidal-current energy-technology expertise is among the most advanced in the world. We are delighted SBS has selected Black & Veatch to help use it for the benefit of communities in Indonesia.”

The MoU, which provides for commercial-scale projects, is based on previously conducted feasibility studies and hopes to capitalize on the significant marine-energy potential of the country, which is one of the world’s largest archipelagos. The initial facility will produce 12 megawatts, though the companies believe they could expand to 150 megawatts in the future.

 “Black & Veatch has more than 40 years' experience delivering energy projects in Indonesia, and I am delighted with the support provided by Tim and his team during the feasibility-study phase,” SBS Group Chairman and CEO Michael Spencer said. “As a result, I am confident Black & Veatch’s world-class input will greatly enhance the quality of our engineering deliverables on this project, and we look forward to working with them throughout the development engineering and turbine-manufacturing phases.”

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