Indonesia’s largest energy company PT Pertamina has partnered with Keppel Infrastructure and Chevron to explore the development of green hydrogen and ammonia projects in the country.

Through Pertamina Power Indonesia (Pertamina NRE), Keppel New Energy and Chevron New Energies International, the companies have signed a joint study agreement to explore the development of selected projects using renewable energy located primarily in Sumatera.

The agreement intends to ”explore the feasibility of developing a green hydrogen facility”, with a production capacity of at least 40,000 tonnes per annum, powered by 250-400MW of geothermal energy in the initial phase.

The hydrogen production facility could have the potential to scale up to 80,000-160,000 tonnes per annum, depending on the availability of geothermal energy as well as market demands, the companies said.

Dannif Danusaputro, CEO of Pertamina NRE, said: “The development of green hydrogen and green ammonia holds a significant role in Indonesia’s net zero emissions roadmap. And with its potential, we believe that Indonesia will also play a key role in green hydrogen production in Asia.”

Cindy Lim, CEO of Keppel Infrastructure, said: “Indonesia is a country with vast resources and enormous potential for renewable and low carbon energy. We are happy to partner with industry leaders, Pertamina and Chevron, to explore the first-of-its-kind use of geothermal and other renewable energy to develop green hydrogen and green ammonia projects and support Indonesia’s energy transition efforts, as well as catalyse investments in green energy supply chain in the regions.”

Austin Knight, vice president of hydrogen at Chevron New Energies, said: “We have a long history of working in Indonesia and with Pertamina, and a growing relationship with Keppel Infrastructure.

”We look forward to leveraging our collective strengths to study and evaluate lower carbon opportunities for the region.”

According to an International Energy Agency report, Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has a viable path to reaching its target of net zero emissions by 2060.

Indonesia accounts for approximately 40% of global geothermal resources, providing opportunities to utilise geothermal energy as a reliable and stable energy source to produce green ammonia or hydrogen.

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