UPP Chevron 2015

Reported by Nenny Saptadji/Chairman of the Geothermal Master Degree Program of ITB/June 2015

Under the University Partnership Program, CHEVRON supports ITB with the following goals for 2014-2017: (1) Establishing an international standard education, (2) Establishing Center of Research Excellence (CoRE) as innovator and incubator of national technology Research-based university, (3) ITB graduates are ready “to hit the ground running” as new hires for Energy–related Industries, (4) “Trickle down” effect to other Indonesian university, (5) Well developed partnership with other universities.

gedung energiAs part of these program, Chevron's University Partnership Program (UPP) provides twenty computers, a microscope and LED-TV for laboratories upgrade to support education and research program at the Geothermal Master Degree Program of ITB. The Geothermal Master Degree Program of ITB was established in 2008. This program is a four semester program with the objective to provide the students with sufficient understanding on technical and practical aspects of geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling, well testing, production engineering, utilization of geothermal energy, both for power generation and for direct uses, environmental assesment, reservoir managment and economics. Academic activities took place at the 2nd floor of Gedung Riset Energi & Mineral ITB.

As part of academic activities of Semester 2 of 2014-2015, which start from February until May 2015, the computer laboratory has been used by the engineering students for conducting geothermal reservoir modelling, wellbore modeling, well test analysis and PTS data analysis.As part of the course titled PB5017 Geothermal Reservoir Modelling, Dr Sutopo gave the students a case study to allow students to practice in developing a computer model using TOUGH2 Simulator, to simulate the natural condition of a geothermal reservoir and to validate the model using field data, and then used the model to predict the reservoir performance over 30 years production and injection period. The engineering students also used the computers for conducting wellbore modeling and PTS data analysis, as part of the coursetitled PB5011 Geothermal Production Engineering from byDr. Nenny Saptadji. These academic program has been possible with the asssitance from Nurita Putri, Heru Berian and Ichwan Elfajri.

In addtion, the computers have been used for trainings. On December 11-13, 2014 the computers were used for Leapfrog geothermal training. Leapfrog is geothermal software commonly used to construct 3D geological, geochemical and geophysical models. The trainer was Miss Clare Baxter from the ARANZ Geo Limited New Zealand. The training was attended by 8 (eight) geothermal laboratory/academic assistants of ITB.

The second and the third Leapfrog trainings were conducted on February and March, 2015. The trainings were dedicated for students and geothermal fresh graduates. The trainers were Mr. Ali Fahrurozie, Mr. Mahesa Pradana, Mr. Ridho and Mr. Angga Bakti Pratama, which are also the graduates from our program. This program is one our efforts in preparing ITB graduates to be ready “to hit the ground running” as new hires for Energy–related Industries.

Furthermore, the computers have been used by the students for conducting their theses researches.One of the on going researches is titled Production-injection strategies in water-dominated system for reservoir sustainability. In this research the impact of various production -injection strategies to investigate changes within the reservoir, including steam cap expansion, and production sustainability is studied using a geothermal reservoir simulator commonly used for modelling geothermal fields.

For the microscope, Dr. Prihadi Sumintadiredja dan Dr. Andri Subandrio has successfully set up the camera on microscope. The microscope is ready to be used for student’s research on petrography and also for training. The first training will be dedicated for assistants, students, fresh graduates. The training will also be made possible for industries and other universities staff.

Some of the lecturers, students and geothermal graduates of the Geothermal Master Degree Program of ITB, Indonesia, attended the WGC 2015.
This year, 2 (two) lecturers of ITB, namely Dr. Asep Saepuloh and Dr. Suryantini were provided supports from Chevron to attend the World Geothermal Conference 2015 (WGC2015) held by the International Geothermal Association (IGA) in Melbourne, Australia, on 19-24 April 2015. The conference was attended by around 2000 people from various countries. During the closing ceremony, IGA announced that Dr. Asep Saepuloh received IGA Best Paper Award 2015 for his paper published at the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, titled “Interpretation of ground surface changes prior to the 2010 large eruption of Merapi volcano using ALOS/PALSAR, ASTER TIR and gas emission data”

The World Geothermal Conference 2015 at Melbourne was also attended by lecturers, students, andgraduates of the Geothermal Master Degree Program of ITB. In total, they presented 30 papers for oral and poster session. We are grateful for the support provided by the Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering (FTTM) of ITB, USAID, Star Energy Geothermal Ltd, and Pertamina Geothermal Energy Ltd. The following is the photo ITB Geothermal Group with the Board of Studies, including Abadi Poernomo (Chairman of Inaga), Sanusi Satar (Advisory Board of the US-Indonesia Geothermal Capacity Building Program), Herman Darnel Ibrahim (Vice President of IGA) and Surya Darma (member of IGA Board).

Geothermal Capacity Building Program at ITB
Under the University Partnership Program, CHEVRON will obviously support theGeothermal Capacity Building Program at ITB. The program is summarized in the following figure. The existing laboratory fasilities will support ITB’s research with partners. Starting this year ITB established collaboration with the Netherlands Consortium (GEOCAP Program for 3 years), Kyoto University, Japan (SATREPS/BAGUS Program for 5 years) and Norway Consortium (with CMR and Bergen University for four years).

The following figure shows the visit of Kyoto University Delegation to geothermal laboratory. The research with Kyoto University will be arranged and funded by Japan International Corporation Agency (“JICA”) in the scheme of “Research Funding of Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development” (SATREPS). For this research JICA will provide ITB with a number of laboratory equipment, to be placed in the same building as this geothermal laboratory. As part of the SATREPS Program, one of our graduates, Miss Riostantieka, is granted Monbukagakusho scholarship from Japan Government to further study toward PhD Program.

As part of collaboration program with the Netherlands Consortium, Mr. Setya Drana Harry Putra – our graduate and one of our students - Mrs. Majestica de Jong, have been selected as PhD candidates, to study at the Twente University and TU Delft respectively.

As part as collaboration amongs ITB-PGE-University of Auckland, one of our students – Mr. Husni Mubarok, has been selected as PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.