(EnergyAsia, April 29 2016, Friday) — US infrastructure builder Black & Veatch said it and UK’s SBS International Ltd have agreed to jointly develop commercial-scale tidal current projects to produce energy for remote communities in Indonesia. The companies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to follow through on feasibility studies supporting the development of an initial facility of 12 megawatts (MW) that could rise to 150MW.

The MoU was signed following a recent trade summit in London that was attended by a senior Indonesia delegation led by President Joko Widodo and ministers from Great Britain.

Spread over one of the world’s largest archipelagos, Indonesia has the potential to produce significant amount of marine energy.

“We are delighted SBS has selected Black & Veatch to help use it for the benefit of communities in Indonesia,” said Tim Baker, Technical Director at Black & Veatch’s Tidal Energy unit.

“This important renewable energy project has the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting Indonesia’s energy needs, especially on remote islands. The UK’s tidal current energy technology expertise is among the most advanced in the world.”

In highlighting Black & Veatch’s global power expertise and UK tidal current experience, Michael J. Spencer, SBS Group Chairman and CEO, said his company has undertaken more than three years of research into Indonesia’s ocean resources that has led to an exclusive offshore site development agreement with the country’s state-owned utility PLN.

Black & Veatch has accumulated more than 40 years of experience to deliver nearly 100 energy and water in Indonesia.

“I am delighted with the support provided by Tim and his team during the feasibility study phase,” said Mr Spencer.

“Black & Veatch’s world-class input will greatly enhance the quality of our engineering deliverables on this project and we look forward to working with them throughout the development engineering and turbine manufacturing phases.”

Black & Veatch has served the energy and water industry in Asia for more than 90 years while UK project developer SBS, has more than 27 years of international experience working on marine, subsea and renewable energy projects. PT SBS Indonesia, established in Jakarta in 2004, specialises in seabed and ocean current projects around Indonesia’s archipelago.

SBS is a privately-owned, specialist development engineering and international offshore project developer with more than 27-years’ experience.