Indonesia Waste-to-Energy Project

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IO, Jakarta – The high level of environmental damage resulting from waste is liable to cause an increase of health problems among the citizenry as well. Indonesia’s current waste problems are very similar to South Korea’s own condition just 15 years ago. This is why a South Korean company, Sewon Engineering & Energy LTD, is interested in helping to resolve environmental issues in Indonesia as an engineering consultant in the Indonesia Waste-to-Energy Project, which is based on the ideas of Mustika Inti Group with PT Sinar Wijaya Indonesia as its executor. 

The Waste to Energy Project processes mounds of waste into electricity. Processing 100 tons of waste a day can apparently generate 19 Megawatts of electricity per hour. Any city or regency joining the program would have several benefits at once: the reduction of environmental problems, economic benefit from selling electricity meter to the National Electric Company, and new job opportunities for citizens. 

There are several stages in this Project. PT Sinar Wijaya Indonesia and Sewon Engineering & Energy LTD, under the leadership of Sewon’s CEO Choi Sung Yong, are carrying out a series of journeys to present the project to several cities and regencies in West Kalimantan and Lampung. The Regency of Kubu Raya became the starting point of the endeavor on 2 December 2019, followed by the Regency of Mempawah, the Municipality of Singkawang, and the Municipality of Pontianak. The series of presentations in the Province of Lampung started on 9 October 2019 in the Municipality of Bandar Lampung, followed by the Municipalities of Metro, the Regency of Mesuji, and the Regency of North Lampung. When the presentations are completed and the region agrees to join the program, they will sign an MOU for “Indonesia Waste to Energy” with the companies. The companies then perform a feasibility study on the regions to determine the design and form of each waste processing plant and electricity generator according to local waste capacity and characteristics. Then everyone signs a contract proper, then finally, construct and operate the waste processing plant/ electricity generator. 

The Regional Secretary of Kubu Raya, Yusran Anizam, welcomed the Waste to Energy delegates enthusiastically. “We have been waiting for this kind of project for a long time. We don’t want other regions in Indonesia, especially in West Kalimantan, to surpass us in this issue” he said. 

Meanwhile, CEO Choi said that Sewon feels challenged to help resolve environmental issues caused by waste. They seek to prove their seriousness by going into partnership with a company that has great experience in engineering electricity generators, the Korea Comprehensive Plant Co, LTD. The latter’s top brass also takes part in the series of presentations and MOU signings. “Our target for the next 5 years is to establish 100 sites for processing waste into energy in Indonesia,” he said. 

“The reduction of environmental problems is a primary concern,” said Muhhamad Saunan, PT Sinar Wijaya Indonesia’s President Director. “We will not be taking the customary tipping commission, which generally causes such polemics between the Government and the investor. The Regional Government does not need to spend its budget on funding the project, which is valued at about IDR 100 billion per city.”