INDONESIAN FIRM GRANTS GEOTHERMAL PACT TO FLUOR

INDONESIAN FIRM GRANTS GEOTHERMAL PACT TO FLUOR

The Indonesian unit of Unocal Corp. of Los Angeles chose Fluor Daniel Corp. to build three geothermal power plants under a contract worth some $75 million.

Fluor Daniel Eastern Inc. and PT Inti Karya Persada Teknik will provide engineering and procurement services for three 55-megawatt generators near Bogor, 50 miles south of Jakarta on the main island of Java. The electricity will be supplied to the state power utility.Unocal Geothermal of Indonesia Ltd. is expanding the Gunung Salak geothermal plant at a cost of some $200 million. Earlier this year, it announced the discovery of a source of geothermal energy on the adjacent island of Sumatra that could produce 12 megawatts of generating capacity.

Unocal, the world's largest producer of geothermal energy, said it would work to determine the extent of this resource while continuing exploration in three other prospects in the Sarulla block.

Unocal is operator and holds 90 percent of the Sarulla project. Its Indonesian partner, PT Parama Geopower, holds the rest.

The two have a joint operating contract with Pertamina, the state oil and gas company, to appraise and develop geothermal resources in the 240,000-acre Sarulla block. A sales agreement with Persero, the Indonesian state-owned electric company, and Pertamina calls for Unocal to generate up to 1,000 megawatts.

Fluor Daniel, the main operating arm of Fluor Corp. of Irvine, Calif., has a joint venture with the Duke Coal Project Services Pacific unit of Duke Power Co. of Charlotte, N.C., and Indonesia's PT Catur Yasa to operate, maintain and manage projects in the private power market.