Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services

    Minister Johnston travels to Indonesia to promote energy expertise

    26/03/2018 11:00 AM
    • Minister gives keynote address at renewable energy seminar in Makassar
    • About 20 per cent of Indonesians do not have access to electricity 
    • WA has the technology and expertise to provide energy services to Indonesia 

    Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston will today deliver a speech and promote Western Australia's capabilities in the new and renewable energy fields at the Australia-Indonesia Renewable Energy Seminar in Makassar.


    Power reliability is an ongoing concern for Indonesia, where the supply of energy to isolated and remote locations is a geographical and logistical challenge.


    Mr Johnston will be accompanied by Horizon Power chief executive officer Frank Tudor and will discuss at the event, WA's technical capabilities and solutions to provide energy.


    He will also meet with several Indonesian businessmen, Australian companies in Makassar, Australian alumni and South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo to discuss business opportunities in south and east Indonesia.


    Western Australia is the world's largest producer of lithium, a critical ingredient for battery storage technology, and has well-advanced downstream processing projects that will manage the battery materials supply chain.


    Additionally, WA's energy utility providers are highly experienced in developing successful microgrid technology solutions and battery energy storage systems in remote locations.


    These technologies can help facilitate Indonesia's growing demand for electricity supply.


    Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Western Australia is an ideal place to provide resources to isolated islands in eastern Indonesia.


    "The McGowan Government is determined to diversify our State and grow our relationship with Indonesia.


    "I look forward to collaborating with the Indonesian and provincial governments to improve the safe, reliable and affordable supply of energy." 


    Minister's office - 6552 6700