Hydropower Investment in Mamberamo Raya Has The Potential to Generate 20 GigaWatt of Electric Energy

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment in Indonesia in cooperation with the Papua Provincial Government is currently encouraging hydropower investment in Mamberamo Raya Regency.

If realized, the investment by Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) from Australia, then the investment value will reach 50 trillion IDR. 

"Because of the targeted development of hydropower in Mamberamo Raya Regency will produce 20 GigaWatts of electricity or 20 thousand MegaWatts," explained the Head of The Office of Energy and Mineral Resources of Papua Province, Fred James Boray, in Jayapura, Monday (12/10/2020).

Not only that, the positive value obtained from the cooperation is the presence of a new Regional Indigenous Income (PAD) for the Papua Province.

The industry that is built around the hydropower area will open up the economy or trigger multiplayer effects at the lower community level.

"Certainly if this investment materializes, our future PAD is not only dependent on Freeport".

“Because what is processed in this hydropower is mine, the iron ore that is used for hydropower is mine too. And this is a new investment coming into Papua,," he said.

Nevertheless, he continued, the investment plan depends on the central government and FMG. Because the Papua Provincial Government is in principle as a party that helps prepare a number of requirements needed.

"In a meeting between the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the Papua Provincial Government, the Government of Mamberamo Raya and FMG  coordinate to get down to the location of data retrieval or measurement of river water discharge and others".

"Indeed this activity has got recommendations from governors and regents to enter. But we are waiting, the ministry that moves further, then we prepare supporting data here so that the process can be completed for the issuance of permits," he said.