Vanuatu seeks geothermal guidance from New Zealand experts.
Vanuatu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Guidance Sought
Vanuatu’s Energy Minister Thomas Laken and a delegation were set to visit New Zealand this week seeking expertise from Waikato Regional Council as Vanuatu considers its own geothermal energy potential. Principal policy advisor Blair Dickie was quoted in press: “We can help them with advice on how to develop robust policy that helps give developers certainty whilst ensuring that appropriate environmental safeguards are in place . . . Getting things right will help contribute to improving living standards in Vanuatu while at the same time reducing carbon dioxide emissions from using diesel and protecting the environment generally in what is a significant tourist destination.” Geothermal energy fields developed within the Waikato, New Zealand region include Wairakei, Rotokawa, Mokai, Ohaaki and Ngatamariki. Waikatoregion.govt.nz