State-owned oil company Pertamina is collaborating with state-owned electricity company PLN to build an energy research center to foster national energy resilience, independence, and sovereignty in Indonesia.
The agreement was marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the formation of the Indonesia Energy and Electricity Institute (IEEI) by Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati and PLN President Director Zulkifli Zaini and witnessed by Deputy Minister of State-owned Enterprises (BUMN) I Budi Gunadi Sadikin in Jakarta, Indonesia.
IEEI will become a center for energy research on technological trends and developments, build a database for research and study activities in the field of policy by taking into account Indonesia’s natural resources, and play an active role in advocacy in the energy sector to the global level.
Deputy Minister of BUMN I Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that the formation of IEEI is a form of synergy between BUMNs in Indonesia in the first joint research in the energy and electricity sector in Indonesia.
“The IEEI is expected to emerge as a national and regional thought leader that can become the basis and reference for research in the energy and electricity sector in terms of technical and policy research as well as become a global energy platform,” Sadikin said.
“In this transition, of course, there will be countries or companies that survive and loose. I am optimistic that Pertamina and PLN would emerge as companies that survive in this energy transition,” he said.
Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati noted that the IEEI was expected to drive thinking for the energy transition going forward.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the global energy transition quickly. Pertamina and PLN, as the frontline in energy, must move together to answer this challenge in order to achieve availability, accessibility, effectiveness, acceptability, and sustainability to fulfill the national energy sovereignty,” Widyawati said.
In the early stages, Pertamina and PLN will enter into research and technology based on the fact that Indonesia currently has profuse natural resources though falls short in terms of technology. “Hopefully, this IEEI would offer advocacy for our government and for the international world in future,” Widyawati said.
PLN President Director Zulkifli Zaini emphasised that the formation of IEEI is a strategic breakthrough for PLN and Pertamina. Later, the IEEI can contribute to development of the electricity and energy sectors in Indonesia.
“The IEEI is expected to become a think tank that produces reports and research that can contribute widely to the development of the electricity and energy sector in Indonesia,” he said.
The IEEI Working Team will prepare a road map and work plan for the next decade including the preparation of an energy outlook.