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Ayala unit completes $150-m wind farm in Indonesia

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PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi, a special purpose company composed of three energy companies including the energy unit of Ayala Corp. formally inaugurated early this month a $150-million, 75-megawatt wind project in Indonesia.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo led the inauguration ceremonies on July 2, signaling the full completion of the Sidrap wind project in Mattirotasi Village, Watang Pulu Sub District, Sidenreng Rappang Regency.  

The company said the inauguration of the nation’s first utility scale wind farm marked a new era of renewable energy utilization in Indonesia.

The Sidrap Wind Farm has been successfully developed by PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi, a joint venture project company controlled by three experienced companies in the renewable energy industry: UPC Renewables, PT Binatek Energi Terbarukan and Ayala;s AC Energy Holdings Inc. 

The project began in 2013 and PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi completed the project well within the contractual deadlines.

“PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi would like to thank all the stakeholders, especially President Joko Widodo and the Government of Indonesia, Provincial Government of South Sulawesi, Sidrap Regency Government, and Parepare Municipality Government for their support to deliver this prestigious project,” the joint venture said.

The consortium said the inauguration marked a point in history with the Sidrap Wind Farm supplying clean and renewable power while affording an opportunity for the people of South Sulawesi to enjoy the benefit of a clean, pollution-free energy at affordable prices to support the sustainability of the environment.

“Due to the hard work and dedication, together with a desire to learn new skills, Indonesia can now be proud to host the Sidrap Wind Farm, elevating its renewable energy ambitions onto the international stage, creating an equal standing with many developed countries in the application of renewable energy and providing the Sidrap Regency with a platform for eco-tourism,” the group said. 

The Sirap wind project involves installation of 30 Gamesa G114, 2.5-MW wind turbine generators.

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