The Indonesian government has just given the green light to a project to build the world’s largest tidal power station which, with a planned first phase capacity of 18 to 23 megawatts, could meet the energy needs of up to 100,000 people who reside in the area.

These installations called Palmerah Tidal Bridge They will be located east of the island of Flores. At an estimated cost of $ 550 million, the initial construction phase of the plant is expected to last until the end of 2019.

The ambitious project was awarded to Tidal Bridge BV, a joint venture made up of the company Strukton International and the Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC) investment group. “It’s great to have the opportunity to do this cutting edge project in Indonesia. “ that, in addition “This will improve the standard of living of the population”, ensures the project manager Sustainable energy from Strukton, André Hoogeveen.

The a tidal power plant is planned on the Larantuka Strait, an ideal area to house these facilities because of its water currents. The project, which includes the construction of an 800-meter floating bridge along the Larantuka Strait, it plans to have an installed capacity of between 18 and 23 megawatts in its first phase, in which $ 200 million will be invested. “The bridge and the factory will help the development of eastern Indonesia and the connection between its islands through this improved infrastructure. In addition, it will have an impact on fishing and agriculture in the region “Hoogeveen said.

After the first part of the work, it could start a second phase to increase the capacity of the plant between 90 and 115 MW, with which the potential beneficiaries would drop from the first 100,000 to around 500,000 people. For this to become a reality, construction of the plant that will harness the energy of waves and ocean currents will take at least four years. For the moment, the the group of promoters has just started the feasibility study of the project, which can restore clean energy production in this Asian country.