Durian. The groundbreaking of 145 megawatt floating solar power plant in Cirata Reservoir in West Java as part of energy cooperation between Indonesia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to be in June 2021, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Aug.22 in Abu Dhabi.
Indonesia will be represented by Pembangkit Jawa Bali (PJB), a subsidiary of state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and UAE by future energy company Masdar.
“Groundbreaking will be in June 2021 and it is going to start operation in the second half of 2022,” Marsudi said.
The power project was among issues, discussed between Indonesian and UAE ministers on Aug. 22. Minister Marsudi was accompanied by State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, while Emirati Foreign Minister Syeikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei were hosting the meeting.
Two main issues – economic and covid-19 and health cooperation – were brought by Indonesia in the bilateral meeting.
Since pandemic covid-19 begun, UAE has sent 20 tons medical kits such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizers to Indonesia as well as imported almost 30 tons agro products produced by Indonesian small-medium size enterprises such as fruits and fresh vegetables.
Indonesia expressed its expectation for future cooperation in health field especially pharmaceutical industry such as in the form of co-production and co-development. Indonesia expects UAE for cooperation on distribution of pharmaceutical products in the Middle East and Africa.
Regarding covid-19 pandemic, Indonesia seeks cooperation with UAE on vaccine development and production as well as laser-based technology and artificial intelligence for tracing the virus.
In economy sector, the two countries focused on energy and food cooperation.
Besides cooperation on the floating solar power plant, Indonesia and UAE are looking for developing renewable energy.
In the agriculture sector, Emirati Elite Agro in example has a plan to invest in agribusiness in Subang, West Java in Indonesia, Minister Marsudi said.