PROJECT | Staff Reporter, Indonesia

Indonesia to build the world's largest tidal power plant

The project's first phase is worth $200m.

Tidal Bridge BV, a joint venture of Strukton International and DEC, has been awarded the Palmerah Tidal Bridge project in Indonesia. The Palmerah Tidal Bridge project has the National Strategic Project status, emphasizing the national interest. The project includes the construction of a floating bridge together with the world’s largest tidal power plant. The first phase of the project has a contract value up to $ 200 million and will be rolled out in two years.

The first scope of work consists of the construction of the 800 meter Palmerah Bridge at Larantuka Strait, East Flores, and a tidal energy power plant with an installed capacity of 18 MW to 23 MW, providing energy for more than 100,000 people.

After realising the first phase, the project is followed by an extension and finalisation of the power plants to an installed capacity of 90 MW to 115 MW for more than half a million people. The total project duration is four years and the contract value amounts up to $ 550 million.

The project contributes to the development of the Eastern part of Indonesia and the connection between the islands by improving its infrastructure. Besides, it will have direct impact on the fishery and agro culture in the area, stimulate tourism and improve the access to education and health care on the longer term. The combination of the bridge with the tidal energy power plant makes this project unique in its kind. The planned location, Larantuka Strait, is highly suitable for the generation of tidal energy due to the water flows, and makes it possible for local people to benefit from the bridge in multiple ways.

This ground breaking project follows the signing of the Head of Agreement in April 2016. It is the first project as part of the Dutch - Indonesian cooperation in the area of water works. The floating bridge and tidal power plants are designed and realised by the Dutch company Tidal Bridge BV, in cooperation with international and local partners. The first design and construct phase will be completed end-2019.

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