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ENGIE – EVI team up on a $240M solar PV project in Papua

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Bryse Gaboury (EVI), Didier Holleaux (ENGIE), Isabelle Kocher (ENGIE) and Hengki Monim (Operational Manager EVI Papua) – ENGIE doc

Jakarta, Jubi – ENGIE, one of the world’s energy leaders, signed a joint venture partnership agreement with Electric Vine Industries (EVI), a private microgrid developer that is committed to bringing sustainable energy access and income generation opportunities to unelectrified households across Southeast Asia.

The joint venture aims to develop, finance, build, operate and maintain photovoltaic smart microgrids to serve approximately 2.5 million people across the Province of Papua, providing sustainable 24/7 Alternating Current electricity to 3,000 villages over a period of 20 years.

Consumers will be able to pay by mobile phone. The total investment is estimated at USD 240 million over the next five years, ENGIE said in a statement.

“This project is fully aligned with the strategy and vision of the ENGIE Group. We aim to be a forerunner in the new energy world through co-innovation and partnerships, designing and developing new energy models which are decarbonized, digitized, decentralized and to improve the lives of people and support growth opportunities for businesses and communities,” Didier Holleaux, Executive Vice President of ENGIE Group, said.

“This partnership is a huge step forward for Electric Vine Industries and for our efforts in remote electrification in Indonesia. We are now backed by ENGIE, the largest independent electricity producer in the world and are excited about their support in bringing this project to fruition,” Bryse Gaboury, Co-Founder and CEO of Electric Vine Industries.

Electric Vine Industries have been operating a pilot microgrid since March 2015 and has succeeded to provide a population of 250 people with 24/7 electricity in the past two years, which is a significant increase from only three hours per night. The electrification not only supports the basic electricity needs of the villages, but also enables income generation opportunities.

Today, Papua has the lowest electrification ratio when compared to other provinces in Indonesia.

The project contributes to the Indonesian government’s target to enable 100% electrification across the country by 2020 and has received support from the local government, as the project implementation is guided by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No. 038/2016 on “Acceleration of Electrification in Areas of undeveloped, rural, border and small inhabited islands through small scale electric generation”.

ENGIE said this JV showcases its commitment to contributing to Indonesia’s economic development through sustainable energy access and rural electrification. ENGIE has also started construction in Indonesia of its first high temperature geothermal power generation plant in the world, Muara Laboh, which is the Group’s first renewable project in the country.

“This project is fully aligned with the strategy and vision of the ENGIE Group,” says executive vice president of ENGIE Group, Didier Holleaux.

Co-founder and CEO of EVI, Bryse Gaboury shares these sentiments. “This partnership is a huge step forward for Electric Vine Industries and for our efforts in remote electrification in Indonesia,” says Gaboury.

Today, Papua has the lowest electrification ratio when compared to other provinces in Indonesia, but this joint venture seeks to hang that.

On April 6, ENGIE has signed three micro network partnership agreements and renewable energy development in Indonesia during President François Hollande’s visit.

ENGIE signed three partnership agreements to jointly fund, build, operate and manage micro networks and other renewable energy projects in various regions of Indonesia, with a total investment value of $1.25 billion over the next five years.

While, ENGIE with Sugar Group will invest up to $1 billion over the next five years to develop renewable energy projects in Sumatra and eastern Indonesia. The company also joint with PT Arya Watala Capital will invest $15 million to develop solar power plant in East Nusa Tenggara.

ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and has revenue Of €66.6 billion in 2016. Otherwise EVI is a private micro-network developer that provides energy access sustainable and provide an opportunity to generate income to households that are not equipped with electricity throughout Southeast Asia.(*)

Source: rambuenergy.com

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat

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GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Where does Rp 9.56 billion for Panggama Airport’s construction go?

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Papuan Legislator Natan Pahabol (blue shirt) with the Yahukimo community. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator from Yahukimo, Yalimo and Pegunungan Bintang electoral districts Natan Pahabol questioned the funds allocated for the airport construction in Panggama Sub-district Yahukimo.

He said the Papua Provincial Government allocated Rp 11.95 billion in 2016 to renovate the Panggama Airport. The amount of Rp 9.56 billion has disbursed to the contractor in the fiscal year 2017. In the same year, the contractor began to work on the former airport that was built by missionaries from the European Evangelical Agency around 1972-1973 in collaboration with the GKI Synod in Tanah Papua under the leadership of the Rev. Adam Roth.

“After that, the work discarded and until now the airport has not finished. So when it rains so heavy, the airport is flooded. By this year it cannot be used,” said Pahabol to Jubi on Friday (6/7/2018).

Further, he said during this time, the local community, especially the church workers from GKI Yalimo and Anggruk depend on this airport for their only access in and out of the region by using the small-bodied aircraft. Now, their access has obstructed due to the construction.

“We are questioning to the Public Works Office, who’s responsible for the airport’s construction? The airport is for the public access, so we hope the office could immediately find out who the contractor is?” he said.

Another Papuan legislator, John NR Gobai said it is not just the Panggama Airport but infrastructure development in some areas, especially in Papua has not finished for years. “For instance, Karang Tumarisita Bridge in Nabire District. It has not finished for three years, and it’s a responsibility of the government agency,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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