An employee walking along a thermal pipe at the Kamojang geothermal
power plant near Garut, West Java, on March 18. State utility provider
 Perusahaan Listrik Negara is targeting an additional 135 megawatts of
electricity from three new geothermal plants. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

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“.. Nuclear Power Revealed

So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.

It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.

We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.

This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time. …”

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dutch Unveil Latest Plan in War Against the Sea: a Massive Sandbar

Jakarta Globe, Nicolas Delaunay, December 26, 2011

The wind, waves and ocean currents, it is hoped, will drive the man-made
 peninsula of sand landward to replenish the coast of the Netherlands. 
(AFP Photo)
Kijkduin, Netherlands. In its age-old war to keep back the sea, low-lying Netherlands has dumped sand onto a surface larger than 200 football fields just off the coast — and will wait for nature to do the rest.

The wind, waves and ocean currents are the next “engineers” in this innovative project that will see the transferred sand — all 20 million cubic meters of it — driven landward to form a natural barrier against the North Sea’s relentless onslaught. The elements have started moving the tip of the bar, which already almost touches land at low tide.

Over a period of 15 to 20 years, the sand will wash toward the coast, reinforcing beaches and existing sand dunes that help protect the Netherlands, more than a quarter of which lies below sea level.

“Under natural circumstances, the Dutch coast would erode away slowly,” said Leo Linnartz, an ecology expert who advised the project’s developers on behalf of the World Wide Fund for Nature. Without reinforcing fragile shores, floods would eventually be inevitable, he said.

Over the decades, the Dutch have developed world-renowned expertise in the field of hydro-engineering, notably in constructing dams, dikes and bridges.

Around 17,500 kilometers of embankment have already been built along its coast and rivers.

The new project was conceived by a group of experts commissioned by the Dutch government to help solve the country’s ongoing headache. It used dredgers to suck up ocean-floor sand 10 kilometers off the coast then dump it closer to land. Some of the huge machines were able to carry as much as 10,000 cubic meters of sand at one time.

If the experiment works, the sandbar project, situated between the seaside suburbs of Kijkduin and Ter Heijde near The Hague, will be replicated elsewhere in the country. And the system could even be exported.

“We used to do it in such a way that we used a lot of stones and concrete and things like that,” said Linnartz. “But nowadays we prefer to work together with nature, to cooperate with natural forces.”

The idea of strengthening the coastline with sand is not new, Linnartz said. But placing it off the coast and allowing nature to take its course is not only a fresh approach to the problem but less harmful to the environment than simply dumping more sand on the dunes, he said.

While traditional shoring up happens around every five years, the new plan based on the sand’s natural movement will last 15 to 20 years.

Agence France-Presse  

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Afsluitdijk, The Netherlands

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dike to house ‘blue energy’ plant

RNW, 23 December 2011

Afsluitdijk, The Netherlands

The cabinet has approved funding totalling 20 million euros for sustainable energy projects on the Afsluitdijk, the 32-kilometre barrier that closed off the Zuiderzee from the open sea to create what is now the freshwater IJsselmeer lake.

The dike will house an innovative osmotic power plant, or ‘blue energy’ plant, which exploits pressure created when salt water passes through a membrane to mix with fresh water. Solar panels will also be mounted on the dike.

The sustainable energy funding comes as part of a renovation package to increase the safety of the Afsluitdijk, which was completed in 1932. In its present state the barrier can no longer guarantee protection against high water, the Infrastructure Ministry says.

The surface of the dike is to be reinforced along its entire length, and the sluices that drain excess water from the IJsselmeer into the sea will be given a 200-million euro overhaul.

The regional authorities have also investigated opportunities to use the dike for recreational purposes. The renovation project may also include the construction of a marina. At present the dike serves as a road link between the west and north of the country.

  (Photo: RNW)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

German village generates 321 percent more renewable energy than it needs, earns millions selling it back to national power grid

Natural News, Monday, December 19, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

German village of Wildpoldsried generates 321 percent more renewable
energy than it needs

(NaturalNews) Developing a renewable energy system that creates energy independence and even a considerable new source of revenue is not some sort of sci-fi pipe dream. BioCycle reports that the German village of Wildpoldsried, population 2,600, has had such incredible success in building its renewable energy system. Wildpoldsried generates 321 percent more renewable energy than it uses, and it now sells the excess back to the national power grid for roughly $5.7 million in additional revenue every single year.

By utilizing a unique combination of solar panels, "biogas" generators, natural wastewater treatment plants, and wind turbines, Wildpoldsried has effectively eliminated its need to be attached to a centralized power grid, and created a thriving renewable energy sector in the town that is self-sustaining and abundantly beneficial for the local economy, the environment, and the public.

You can view some amazing pictures of the Wildpoldsried village at: (

Possessing admirable vision for the town and strong motivation to see the project as a whole succeed, Mayor Arno Zengerie has led the way for many years in making Wildpoldsried's energy independence efforts a success. As far back as 1997, the village has been investing in building and promoting new industries, maintaining a strong local economy, generating new forms of revenue, and ultimately staying out of debt. And the best way it saw fit to accomplish much of this was through the implementation of self-sustaining, renewable energy technologies.

Not only did Wildpoldsried successfully reduce the amount of time expected to generate the necessary funds to build local treasures like a sports hall, theater stage, pub, and retirement home with the revenue generated by its thriving renewable energy sector -- the village has already successfully built nine community buildings, with more on the way -- but it also achieved all this and more without going into debt.

"We often spend a lot of time talking to our visitors about how to motivate the village council (and Mayor) to start thinking differently," said Mayor Zengerle, who now gives talks around the world about the successes of his award-winning village. "We show them a best practices model in motion and many see the benefits immediately. From the tour we give, our guests understand how well things can operate when you have the enthusiasm and conviction of the people.

Be sure to read the full, inspiring account of Wildpoldsried's history of, and successes in, renewable energy at: (

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Bridge falls while under construction

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 12/12/2011

Collapsing trend: Workers remove pieces of the collapsed
 Marunda- Cilincing bridge in North Jakarta on Sunday. The bridge,
which was due to be operational by end of this month, collapsed
 early Sunday. Nobody was injured, but the incident raises questions
 about the quality of workmanship. Antara/ Reno Esnir

A bridge connecting Marunda and Cilincing in North Jakarta collapsed while still under construction early on Sunday, another example of shoddy infrastructure in the wake of the fatal collapse of the Kutai bridge.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the incident, but financial losses are expected to have reached to Rp 750 million (US$83,250).

City officials were quick to begin pointing the blame.

“This is purely human error. The quality of the concrete blocks should not be questioned, because they are top-notch,” Jakarta Public Works Agency deputy chief Novizal told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Once complete, the bridge is expected to be 620 meters long. Around 70 meters of the bridge still needs to be completed. The project is expected to be finished by the end of December.

Novizal said the incident had occurred when construction workers were attempting to place a sixth 30.8-meter girder on top of the foundation pillars.

“The sixth concrete block rolled sideways and fell on the block next to it, creating a domino effect,” he said.

The Marunda bridge incident comes in the wake of the collapse of the Kutai Kartanegara bridge in East Kalimantan, which killed at least 21 people and left 15 unaccounted for.

On Dec. 6, the 70-meter Bamba bridge over the Saddang River in Pinrang regency, South Sulawesi, collapsed only a month after it was opened. Two days later, the 800-
meter Pikhe bridge in Wamena in Jayawijaya district, Papua, collapsed.

On Sept. 16, 2010, a 100-meter section of the Jl. R.E. Martadinata, which connects Ancol and the Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta subsided as a result of seawater abrasion.

Urban analyst Nirwono Joga said he suspected foul played a part in the Marunda bridge collapse.

“The real reason [the incident occurred] is because contractors and government officials always cut corners on construction projects,” he told the Post.

On average only between 50 and 60 percent of funds earmarked for construction projects ends being used to pay for the actual construction, Nirwono said.

The remainder is used for administrative purposes, such as the wheeling and dealing needed to get the project approved by the City Council or House of Representatives, he said.

Nirwono urged government officials and contractors to stop corruption in infrastructure construction projects.

“We should not be playing with public safety. Things must change. The government should have the will to do it,” he said.

However, a civil engineering professor from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Rizal Tamin, said he was convinced that human error could have been the main factor in the Marunda bridge collapse.

“This could have been a result of a lack of discipline in implementing the standard operating procedures,” he said. (mim)

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Geothermal drilling in Solok Selatan scheduled in 2012

Antara News, Tue, November 29 2011 

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Illustration of geothermal project.
(ANTARA files/Ujang Zaelani)
Padang Aro, West Sumatra (ANTARA News) - The geothermal drilling in Solok Selatan, West Sumatra, which will be utilized as power plant by PT Supreme Energy was scheduled in 2012.

"Under the contract, the geothermal drilling in Solok Selatan will be carried out in the first quarter of 2012 with an initial plan of seven points in Pekonina, Pauh Duo sub-district," head of the Solok Selatan energy and mineral resources agency Yulian Efi said in the company of energy section chief Zilhamri said in Padang Aro on Tuesday.

Yulian said right now Supreme Energy with the assistance of the regional administration is opening 70 hectares of land which would be continued by road construction.

"We hope that in the five years of explorations, PLN would provide power smoothly," he said.

He said under the mining working area issued by the energy and mineral resources minister in 2009, the geothermal power which would be produced in Solok Selatan would reach 400 megawatts, while the geohermal area in Liki Pinangawan would reach 62,300 hectares.

In the meantime, according to the result of the initial survey by PT Supreme Energy and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2008, there were 30 points stretching from Balun, Koto Parik Gadang Diateh sub-district to Liki Pinangawan, Pauh Duo sub-district, of geothermal power in Solok Selatan with a capacity of 600 megawatts.

Yulian also said that PT Supreme Energy planned to produce 1,120 megawatts of power in 2014 and 2015, and 110 megawatts in the first stage. And in the following year production will reach 110 megawatts.

"Under the contract, the power which will be produced reached 2x110 megawatts in 30 years," he said.

He said in December or January 2012, the Solok Selatan administration will introduce the development of geothermal power into electric power to the general public.

Besides Solok Selatan, the potential of geothermal power in West Sumatra covers seven regencies, including Pasaman, Solok, Pasaman Barat, Limapuluh Kota, Tanahdatar, Agam or 17 points producing electricity of 1,656 megawatts.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

9 bridges in East Java in critical condition

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Tue, 11/29/2011

Nine bridges in East Java are in critical condition, according to a national road construction and maintenance unit.

East Java Public Works Agency’s Bina Marga unit chief, M. Dachlan, said that the bridges included Porong Bridge in Sidoarjo, Semampir Bridge in Kediri, Kali Brantas Bridge and Lespadan Kali Brantas Bridge in Nganjuk, Gadjahmada Bridge in Mojokerto, Wringinanom Bridge in Probolinggo and Sembayat Bridge in Gresik.

Dachlan said that the East Java administration had set aside Rp 10 billion (US$1.09 million) to investigate and repair the bridges.

“The funds come from the central government as the bridges belong to them. But we will also disburse funds for minor maintenance work,” Dachlan said Tuesday as quoted by

Dachlan pointed out that the Lapindo mudflow in Sidoarjo had caused land subsidence, which went on to cause cracks in the bridge’s construction.

Most of the bridges were in critical condition because of foundation displacement, he said.

The bridge was reported to be the
longest in Borneo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Indonesia Works To Secure Lead in "Ring of Fire" Geothermal Market

Renewable Energy World, By Ivan Castano, Contributor , November 2, 2011    

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Indonesia is aggressively moving to build up its geothermal industry with plans add as much as 9,000 MW of installed capacity by 2025. However, industry observers say the Southeast Asian country's government must do more to attract foreign investment if it wants to achieve that target.

"The tenders are out there, they just need the investors to come in," says Paul Brophy, president and chief executive of geothermal consultancy GES, which is working with the Indonesian government to help boost foreign investment and develop the geothermal industry. "So far, some 20 to 30 concessions have been issued so there is still lots of room for new companies to come in and develop the resources."

Industry observers say Indonesia, with the world's highest number of active volcanoes, has the greatest geothermal potential in the so-called Ring of Fire volcanic region straddling the country as well as New Zealand, Philippines, Japan and the Eastern part of Russia. Of all those countries, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan have the strongest development potential, observers say.

However, Indonesia has more volcanic "hot spots" (some 265) and a more aggressive development scheme than the other countries. Developers are using these hot spots to drill holes that can produce steam from volcanic energy. So far, Chevron is the leading foreign developer in the sector but others including Indian industrial conglomerate Tata, Shell, Canada's Raser Technologies and Australia's Origin Energy are also looking to set up geothermal plants.

Investment Challenge

Brophy said the biggest stumbling block in the way to Indonesia's development dream is a dearth of foreign investment as the government does not want to finance the 9,000-MW build-up, estimated to cost $30 billion, on its own.

To do this, the government recently issued a law that would allow foreign developers to pursue their own projects as long as an Indonesian player receives a five percent stake in them. To meet this requirement, international developers must set up consortiums that include at least one Indonesian company, Brophy explained, adding that he thinks that the law will boost investment. This is because before, foreign companies were mostly restricted to partner with state energy group Pertamina if they wanted to build a geothermal project in Indonesia.

"They don't need to partner with Peternina anymore. They can go on their own as long as an Indonesian player has at least five percent equity in the project," adds one industry observer.

Jennifer Derstine, a renewable energy analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce's international trade mission, agrees that the government is working to attract more international players. She adds that when the department of commerce launched a geothermal trade mission two years ago, the investment framework banned foreign companies from pursuing small geothermal projects on their own. However, that is now allowed and is expected to bolster interest from U.S. and other foreign companies to roll out projects.

"The law had reserved smaller-size development permits of geothermal plants under 10 MW for Indonesian companies. Now, the market is open to U.S. geothermal developers and investors," says Derstine.

"Uncompetitive" Tariffs

However, echoing other views, she says tariffs are still too low to make geothermal projects competitive.  Brophy says Jakarta is also working to address this issue. State electricity company PLN recently established a U.S. $0.097 feed-in tariff per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for geothermal plants, but the region is wiling to negotiate a higher price for projects located far from the power grid. However, some investors are concerned about whether debt-ridden PLN will ultimately be able to pay those prices as state coffers are already burdened with high subsidies for the energy sector, observers say.

Because building geothermal plants is expensive, with the ultimate capacity that can be extracted from them, uncertain, developers are looking for the highest possible tariffs and assurances that the projects will be profitable before jumping into the market. Brophy adds that the government is aware that tariffs must be more competitive and that it is likely to shift some traditional power subsidies into renewable energy to develop the geothermal space as well as other green technologies. 

The Indonesian tariff is lower than in the U.S. where developers are paid $0.10 to $0.12 per kWh. Development costs are much lower in Indonesia, however, Brophy says.

If all goes well — and barring a prolonged and deeper global recession — Brophy hopes Indonesia will be able to attract enough foreign money to meet its 2025 geothermal targets, which could ultimately make the country the world's biggest producer of geothermal power. But it will need to watch over rivals like the Philippines and Japan. The former is looking to install 3,000 MW by 2020, up from 1.95 MW now. And as it moves to diversify its energy matrix following its recent nuclear disaster, Japan could also draft ambitious plans to develop its "vast" geothermal resources, Derstine adds.

For now, eyes are on Indonesia as a potential leader in geothermal energy as long as it can get the funds it needs to meet its ambitious development targets.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Hydro energy: not so sexy yet still reliable

Rangga D Fadillah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 10/17/2011

Austria-based hydro energy developer Andritz Hydro suggested that the government, businesspeople and energy consumers in Indonesia pay more attention to the future development of hydro energy sources.

Company president director Josef M. Ulmer said Monday that the country had abundant hydro energy potential, around 78,000 megawatts (MW), but as of today utilization still stood at only around 4,500 MW.

“Hydro is the old lady of renewable energy. It’s not as sexy as solar energy, but it is one of the most reliable sources of energy, including in Indonesia,” he told reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of the World Renewable Energy Congress in Nusa Dua, Bali.

With a current electrification ratio of about 70 percent, hydro energy could be one of the best options for providing access to electricity in certain regions of the country, he said, adding that the future of hydro energy was very encouraging.

As reported earlier, the government and state electricity utility PLN were preparing the concept for the third phase of the 10,000 MW fast-track program. During this phase, most new power plants would use water for generating electricity.

Companies, households use Malang dam as garbage dump

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Mon, 10/17/2011

Negligence and a lack of supervision has led Sengguruh dam in the East Java town of Malang to be used as a waste disposal site for household garbage and industrial waste, state water firm Perum Jasa Tirta says.

“Besides the industrial waste from the hundreds of companies, there has been a huge volume of household waste — about 20 to 30 cubic meters a day during the dry season, and up to 80 cubic meters a day during the rainy season,” Jasa Tirta spokesman Tri Hardjono said in Malang on Monday as quoted by Antara.

Tri added that the waste not only contaminated the water in the dam, but also made it shallower, obliging local authorities to dredge the dam every year as the local power plant relies on it for water.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

PLN to pay more to renewable energy producers

Rangga D. Fadillah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Thu, 10/13/2011

The government, state electricity firm PT PLN and businesspeople have agreed to increase fees paid for power produced from biomass, biogas and city waste.

The government hopes this breakthrough can make investment in the sector more appealing, the new, renewable energy and energy conservation director general at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika, said Thursday.

According to a 2009 ministerial decree on electricity rates, PLN is obliged to buy power produced from biomass, biogas and city waste (connected to the medium voltage) at Rp 656 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in Java and Bali, Rp 787 per kWh in Sumatra and Sulawesi, Rp 853 per kWh in Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara and Rp 984 kWh in Maluku and Papua.

For electricity connected to the low-voltage grid, the prices are Rp 1,004 per kWh in Java and Bali, Rp 1,205 per kWh in Sumatra and Sulawesi, Rp 1,305 per kWh in Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara and Rp 1,506 in Maluku and Papua.

Under the new agreement, in Java and Bali, PLN will pay Rp 945 per kWh for power produced from biomass and biogas, Rp 1,050 per kWh for power produced from city waste using zero-waste technology and Rp 850 per kWh for power generated using landfill.

In Kalimantan, Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara PLN will now pay  Rp 1,170, Rp 1,260 and Rp 1,020 per kWh. Meanwhile, in Maluku and Papua, PLN has agreed to pay Rp 1,267.5, Rp 1,365 and Rp 1,105 per kWh.

“The price change will be included into the revision of the 2009 ministerial decree on electricity rates,” Kardaya said during a discussion at his office in Jakarta.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jakarta to build 13 artificial lakes in 2012

The Jakarta Post, Thu, 10/06/2011

Apart from completing the construction of the East Flood Canal, Jakarta Administration has announced plans to build 13 artificial lakes in efforts to cope with annual flooding in the capital.

“We are still in the land acquisition process, and the construction work will be carried out in stages,” Jakarta Public Works Agency natural resources management chief Fakhrurrazi said Wednesday as quoted by

He added that the lakes, the construction of which is expected to begin in 2012, would be built in several locations including Jagakarsa, Bintaro, Lebak Bulus and Marunda.

Fakhrurrazi said the agency would also propose a budget for policing and dredging the lakes, in addition to building lanes around them to prevent citizens to from building houses on their banks.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Almost 500 villages facing water scarcity

The Jakarta Post, Wed, 09/14/2011

Almost 500 villages throughout the nation are facing a water scarcity due to the long drought season, says the Public Works Ministry.

The villages spread in Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and West Sulawesi.

The Public Works Ministry said it would develop drinking water system in 153 the troubled villages.

The ministry also mobilized a mobile water processing installation and 140 units of water tank cars to refill 280 public hydrants in the villages.

“We are trying to refine sea water in Sampang, Madura with a capacity of 10 liters per second,” said Director of Drinking Water at the Public Works Ministry Danny Sutjiono as quoted by on Wednesday.

However, he said the cost for such a refinery system was higher than refining river water.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ministry eyes desalination technology to mitigate potential water crisis

The Jakarta Post,  Sun, 09/04/2011

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has developed sea water desalination technology to convert sea water into fresh water to cope with the possibility of a water crisis.

“Making mineral water from the sea is a strategic step in anticipating the possibility of a clean water crisis in the future,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said on Saturday, as reported by

The desalinated water could be a pivotal shift in fresh water supplies. The process could also produce salt.

According to the ministry, Indonesia has several potential locations where this technology could be developed. The areas include Nusa Penida and Gondol in Bali, Lombok Strait in West Nusa Tenggara, Biak Island in Papua and Pelabuhan Ratu in West Java.

Around 70 percent, or 5.8 million kilometers, of Indonesian territory is comprised of water.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dam collapse leaves East Jakarta dry

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Thu, 09/01/2011

Sixty percent of private water company PT PAM Lyonnaise (Palyja) customers have been without water since the Buaran dam in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta collapsed Wednesday night.

"The water supply will return to normal after [the damage] is fixed," Palyja spokesperson Meyritha Maryanie said on Thursday.

Palyja was negotiating for an additional water supply from Tangerang and from another private water operator, PT Aetra, she said.

However, Tangerang could supply only 10 to 20 percent of the municipality’s needs, while a permit from city water manager PT PAM Jaya was needed for PT Aetra to deliver water to East Jakarta.

"Once the permit from PAM Jaya has been issued, clean water will be immediately channeled to customers within a few hours," Meyrita added, as reported by
The dam collapsed after it began to leak on Wednesday night.

Buaran Dam collapse cuts water supply to 60 percent of customers

The recent collapse of the Buaran dam in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, has cut the water supply to around 60 percent of PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) customers since midnight, the company says.

"The water supply will return to normal once [the damage] is fixed," Meyritha said.

She added that the company was seeking to supplement its water supply with water from Tangerang, and was also working with PT Aetra water company.

However, water from Tangerang may only reach 10 to 20 percent of those who need it, Meythan what is needed and a permit from city water operator PT PAM Jaya was required for PT Aetra to take over the supplying of water.

"If the permit from PAM Jaya has been issued, clean water supply will be immediately channeled to customers within a few hours," Meyrita added.

The Buaran dam wall collapsed started from a leak on Wednesday night which increasingly worsened.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

City Administration to Turn Trash Into Power at Three New Facilities

Jakarta Globe, Dofa Fasila | August 11, 2011

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The Jakarta administration is planning to build three treatment centers that will use waste to generate energy, Governor Fauzi Bowo said on Wednesday.

“What we want is to turn waste to energy, and this process has already begun,” Fauzi said.

The Cakung Cilincing intermediate treatment facility in North Jakarta, which began operating on Aug. 1., uses mechanical and biological technology to recycle inorganic waste and to ferment organic waste to produce gas that can be used as fuel. After processing, the waste is then sent to a landfill.

The treatment center will be able to process 400 tons of waste daily until the end of the year and 600 tons daily from January. It will reach its full capacity of 1,300 tons in July next year, he said.

When running at full capacity, the Cakung Cilincing ITF will be able to produce 4.95 megawatts of electricity, or 445,669 million metric British thermal units of gas fuel.

Fauzi said that the two other intermediate treatment facilities, would be built in Sunter and Marunda, both in North Jakarta, before the end of the year.

The existing Sunter waste facility, which sits on five hectares of land, will be upgraded into an ITF, Fauzi said.

“We are going to enhance the technology at the Sunter processing station into an ITF,” Fauzi said. “The city sanitation office will cooperate with private sector companies interested in investing.”

The Sunter ITF, Fauzi said, would use technology based on an incinerator that would be capable of reducing the volume of waste by 90 percent, producing a large amount of electricity and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Eko Bharuna, head of the Jakarta Sanitation Office, said the Sunter project would be tendered in September.

“We are involving the private sector under a build, own, operate and transfer arrangement,” Eko said. “We have chosen this option so as not to burden the regional budget.”

“Besides building the various intermediate waste processing facilities that are capable of handling large amounts of waste, the city administration will also develop reuse, reduce, and recycle centers [Sentra 3R] in Jakarta’s five municipalities,” Fauzi said.

“In the future, all regional developers will have to build their own waste processing facilities,” he added.

He said that several developers, including Pantai Indah Kapuk, had already agreed to build 3R centers in their estates. Pantai Kapuk Indah’s 3R center would use integrated dry anaerobic digestion and composting technology and would be built in cooperation with a private investor and the Tsu Chi Buddhist Foundation, he said.

“The waste at PIK will be processed into electricity and compost,” Fauzi said. “The main difference with the ITF is that the 3R center will have a much smaller capacity, of around 250 tons.”

Another 3R center planned for Pesanggrahan, South Jakarta, will be built with the assistance of the Public Works Office’s environmental sanitation unit, he said.

Fauzi added that the city administration would not go ahead with a plan to build an integrated waste processing plant in Ciangir, in Legok district, Tangerang. The decision came after Tangerang authorities zoned the Ciangir area for residential purposes.

The city had purchased an area of 96 hectares in Ciangir and an environmental impact study was conducted in 1999.

Fauzi said that while the Tangerang administration had proposed a land swap, suggesting an area in Jatiwangi, closer to Jakarta, the city authorities preferred to develop the Ciangir land into residential estate in line with the new zoning requirements.

With the Ciangir ITF center scrapped, he said, the city would now have to rely on the three planned ITFs.

“With these three ITFs and the Bantar Gebang landfill, Jakarta’s waste problem will be solved for the next decade, as their cumulative processing capacity will be more than 8,000 tons per day,” he said.

Operations Begin for New Bali Plant To Purify Sewage Into Usable Water

Jakarta Globe, Made Arya Kencana, August 11, 2011

Denpasar. Bali officially began operations at a water purification facility on Wednesday that turns treated sewage into clean, usable water.

“The Balinese people are worried about predictions that the island will suffer from a water crisis in 2015,” provincial regional secretary Made Jendra said at the plant’s opening. “This, at least, will be alleviated by the operation of this facility.”

Jendra said the treatment plant, which was a joint project of the central government, Denpasar administration, Badung district government and Japan International Cooperation Agency, would be able to produce 9,000 cubic meters of clean water every day, or more than 100 liters per second.

While that figure was far from the estimated 1,500 liters per second needed to avert a water crisis in 2015, he said clean water production would hopefully grow further with the completion of a sewage network project.

Goro Yasuda, director for overseas projects at Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, said Bali would face a water crisis by 2015 because “the need for clean water vastly exceeds the capacity of the regional water company.”

Dewa Punia Asa, head of Bali’s public works office, said that so far only 8,647 households in Denpasar and Badung districts were linked to the first phase of the Denpasar Sewage Development Project. Those households are estimated to produce about 22,000 cubic meters of liquid waste a day.

A second phase, expected to be completed in 2014, is targeting 7,200 new connections, mostly hotels and restaurants in the tourist areas of Sanur, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.

Tjok Bagus Budiana, who heads the province’s sewage management service, said the facility was designed to process as much as 51,000 cubic meters of liquid waste per day. It is built on a 17.5 hectare plot, 2.5 hectares of which is reserved for reservoirs to hold liquid waste.

He said households had to pay a monthly fee of Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000 ($1.75 to $2.90) to be connected to the network. The fee, he added, would be higher for participating businesses.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dutchman in Kenya: drilling against drought

RNW, 6 August 2011, by Rob van Dijk

 (Foto: Robin Hutton)
To combat Kenya’s drought and famine, a Dutch resident wants to drill new wells, down to 100 metres, four to ten times deeper than most existing ones. “Most shallow wells have dried up. We could start drilling in two or three months.”

Wim van den Burg lives in southeast Kenya, close to the Somali border. In October and November, the “little rainy season”, there was no rain at all, the Dutchman recounts. “If we didn’t get any rain in the ‘big rainy season’ in November, I realised, we’d be in big trouble. And we are.”

No drinking water

There were a few showers in July. By then most of the corn had been scorched. A few stalks yielded shrivelled oars, far too little to feed all the hungry mouths. Worse still, many wells dried up, leaving people with nothing to drink.

Things are bound to get worse, Van den Burg fears, not just in Kenya, but across East Africa. “The next rainy season, the little one, doesn’t begin until October. Even if we get rain then, people won’t be able to harvest their crops until two or three months later.”

Deep down

Van den Burg has been working in Kenya since 1989. “We’ve dug 50 or 60 wells, each 10 to 25 metres deep. Most of them are still working. But in the remote areas the wells are dry.”

To find water, you need to drill further down, he explains. But to get to some 100 metres down you need a special drill, which costs around 60,000 euros. “Such drills also allow you to test the quality of the water, so you know if it’s worth building a well.”

Last weekend he began a drive to raise the money. Once he gets the drill, thousands of starving, thirsty people will again be able to drink and feed themselves.

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