WINDLIFE GREEN ASIA
During several visits over a span of nearly 9 months since October 2017, the management of Windlife Green BV has found substantial potential for wind farms in several regions of south-east Asia.
Regions such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar:
- are known to have sufficient wind conditions;
- have emerging economies with consistent growth;
- are in dire need of green energy infrastructure, such as wind, solar and sustainable palm oil;
- have abundant wind energy opportunities as soon as legislation is adapted; and
- have market ‘wind development fees’ in the vicinity of € 200 – € 250k per developed mW.
Considering these conditions, the management of Windlife Green BV decided in 2018 to establish its subsidiary Windlife Green Asia BV and bundle its efforts for that part of the world.
The opportunity to acquire the most highly-recognised wind development company in Indonesia (RBPN) –together with family and old neighbourhood ties and the successful negotiation of a frame agreement with two well-known international green energy generating companies– made the management decide to start in Indonesia. The Indonesian law firm Umbra Legal of Jakarta, one of the top law firms for power infrastructure activities in Indonesia, was engaged for legal advice. An Indonesia-based company named PT Windlife Green Indonesia is presently being established. The company will be owned by Windlife Green Asia BV (95%) and a 5% nominee shareholder from Indonesia.
PT Windlife Green Indonesia has identified three high-potential wind development opportunities in Indonesia. Two in West-Java and one in the middle of the island, near Yogyakarta.
- The first one is the acquisition of RBPN, which has an existing project (second stage development) in the province of Cikelet, near the town of Garut. The total foreseen and preliminary approved capacity is 135 MW, with a first phase of 75 MW.
- The second is a greenfield opportunity in the province of Sukabumi, close to the town of Ciracap. The company is in the process of obtaining a preliminary approval from the regional government. A final wind farm of 150 MW seems entirely possible.
- The third proposed development is a greenfield opportunity in Laporan, the Gunung Kidul District, near Yogyakarta. A plot of land is available in the coastal region near the Wonosari and Swimanu settlements. Windlife Green Asia believes it will be able to accommodate 120 MW on this location. A high voltage substation is less than 20 km away.
In all locations, measured wind speeds are an average 6.6 – 7.0 m/s at a height of 50 metres. This is well above the requirement for economically justified wind turbine performance. The measurements have been conducted as part of the Wind Hybrid Power Generation (WHyPGen) project of the Agency for the Assessment and Application Technology, a government agency under the coordination of the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology. To identify wind energy potential, a total of 30 measurements masts were installed throughout Indonesia, with financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
THE GARUT PROJECT
The Garut project in the province of Cikelet is located in a windy area close to the Indian Ocean shore. Local support from the regional administration has been assured through a permit (no. 503/253/09-1ppm/Bpmpt/2016). The proposed windpark will produce 135 MW in two phases. The first phase of 75 MW is scheduled to come online in 2022. The location is conveniently close to a PLN substation for easy grid connection. A WHyPGen-executed 3-tier time series for 2011 and 2012 has confirmed a 6.6 m/s average wind speed at 50 meters height.
THE CIRACAP PROJECT
The project in the vicinity of Ciracap is a greenfield opportunity. Windlife Green Asia BV employs two Indonesian nationals to further explore the area and to determine the exact location for the development. Mr. Aan Adinugroho and ms. Iin Adinugroho are both relatives of Windlife Green BV founder and CEO, Paul Logchies, who has joined the local team on their research trips in the region of Sukabumi and the adjacent province of Banten. As a part of these trips, a meeting was held with the regional government in Pandeglang on March 5. The administration of the regency is supportive of the project and pledged its cooperation.
THE WONOSARI PROJECT
In the center of Java, close to the town of Yogyakarta, initial wind findings indicate that wind can be commercially harvested. Measured wind speeds are in the range of 6.6 – 7.1 m/s. A plot of land of approximately 16 square kilometres was identified in a preservation. According to the regional district office, a study into the production of renewable energy was initiated before but was never concluded. Windlife has been invited to apply for a permit. A main advantage of this site is that the land is government-owned and will be fully available for further exploration.
At the level of Windlife Green Asia BV, we have invited mr. Arno Hendriks to participate as a 10% shareholder and to act as our company’s representative in South-East Asia. Mr. Hendriks, a long-time associate of Windlife founder Paul Logchies, has over 20 years of experience in (renewable) energy and B2B sales in Asia and Europe. Mr. Hendriks restructured an Indonesian entity into an international power company and raised over € 150 million of growth capital and a € 220 million debt facility. Mr. Hendriks has worked in leading positions in the SE Asia power generation industry for 15 years. He holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology Delft, Energy Department.
RBPN (Pt. Rancang Bangun Putra Nusantara) has been in business since 2014. The company has a staff of three.
Agung Hermawan, founder, is an engineer, an alumnus of Delft Technical University of the Netherlands, and also the current president of the Indonesian Wind Association. Mr. Hermawan is widely respected and is generally recognised as the ‘father’ of the Indonesian wind industry. He has built a valuable network, including contacts with PLN, the State Electricity Company of Indonesia, owner of the country’s power grid.
Endang Kuswandi, his co-director, studied planning, business law and strategic management. Mr. Kuswandi is an experienced negotiator and strategic manager when it comes to renewable energy solutions.
Malik Ibrochim is the company’s experienced engineer. He has acted as a consultant on the Wind Hybrid Power Generation (WHyPGen) project and has conducted wind resources assessments in dozens of locations in Indonesia.