MHI and Indonesia Power explore co-firing with hydrogen, biomass and ammonia in power plants

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and PT. PLN Indonesia Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to begin three feasibility studies on co-firing less carbon-intensive fuels at Indonesia Power power facilities.

The three studies will be conducted jointly by Indonesia Power and MHI with help from its power solutions brand, Mitsubishi Power, and will contribute in the advancement of solutions to expedite the decarbonization of energy systems in Indonesia.

The Suralaya coal-fired power plant’s first study will look at the technical and financial viability of co-firing up to 100% biomass (CFPP). The handling, storage, transport, and boiler modification will all be taken into account in the study along with other parts of the biomass supply chain.

The second study will look into the co-firing of ammonia produced by existing ammonia plants in Indonesia and will likewise use Suralaya CFPP as the reference plant. The ability to create a blue ammonia supply chain, including manufacture, transportation from the ammonia plant, and the use of ammonia co-firing technology in an existing boiler, will be a specific topic of study.

The M701F gas turbine at the Tanjung Priok gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) facility will be co-fired with hydrogen in the third study, which will assess its technical and financial viability. As part of PLN’s plans to develop an 880 MW plant as part of the Jawa-2 Project, MHI finished building the facility’s Unit 2 GTCC system in 2019.

This new MoU expands on the effective partnership that MHI and PLN already have in Indonesia. MHI will seek to assist the nation in achieving its Net Zero Emission 2060 target with assistance from Mitsubishi Power through this MoU and other current activities.