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Indonesia lures Sumitomo to its geothermal power sources

Trading house joins with French energy company Engie in renewables projects

The Muara Laboh geothermal power plant in the central part of Sumatra can supply electricity to 420,000 households.

TOKYO -- Sumitomo Corp. has joined geothermal power projects in Indonesia designed to eventually generate 400 megawatts worth of electricity, a small step toward the trading house's long-range goal of deriving 30% of its total power output capacity from renewable sources.

If the projects go well, Sumitomo intends to use them as steppingstones into the geothermal power generation business in the Philippines and the U.S.

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