Australia’s climate future and Perth’s geothermal studies; Bids in Indonesia and the Philippines

Australia faces steep climate risks, while in Perth, scientists conduct innovative studies on the geothermal gradient. A New Zealand-French consortium bids in West Java. San Miguel and Aboitiz bid in the Philippines. EDC is dismantling Northern Negros.

Australia: Report Sees More Climate Risks than Other Developed Nations
Australia: Perth Geothermal Study Uses Data from Oil Wells
Indonesia: New Zealanders, French Offer Joint Bid for West Java Plant
The Philippines: San Miguel, Aboitiz to Bid for Leyte Geothermal
The Philippines: EDC to Dismantle Power Plant

Australia: Report Sees More Climate Risks than Other Developed Nations
A report from Climate Institute of Australia says the nation’s threats from climate change include worsening bushfires, droughts, heat waves, and coast flooding. “Australia is more exposed to climate risks than any other developed nation,” institute head John Connor told press. Eenews.net

Australia: Perth Geothermal Study Uses Data from Oil Wells
In the 1960s through the 1980s, oil companies were drilling exploration wells throughout the Perth Basin. Now, Curtin University geologists have used data from some of those drilling samples for a new study on the underground temperatures of the area. Since the drilling samples contained minerals at recorded depths, scientists used their knowledge of the different solubilities of chemicals at different temperatures to deduce the estimated temperatures at 48 sites. “So in the north, at three kilometers depth, the temperature is about 100 degrees Celsius, while in the central and the south this might be only 80 degrees Celsius,” Dr. Domenik Wolff-Boenisch, who led the new study, told press Sciencewa.net.au. On the lower end, 80°C is hot enough to provide additional potential in ways that some of Perth’s facilities are already using it, such as a goethermally heated swimming pool. Wolff-Boenisch added that unfortunately research funds at Perth’s Geothermal Center of Excellence are dwindling.

Indonesia: New Zealanders, French Offer Joint Bid for West Java Plant
A partnership made up of Auckland-based construction company Hawkins and French electricity company Alstom is seeking the bid for construction of the Karaha Bodas power plant in West Java. Indonesian officials are currently looking at ways to attract international players including a new wholesale pricing regime, streamlined regulations, and incentives covering customs duties and import tax exemptions.

Ira Eddymurthy at Indonesian law firm Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono told press the Indonesian investment environment has improved markedly over the last few years. Karaha Bodas is one of several geothermal projects that was reinitiated by the Indonesian government in recent years after prior work was abandoned in the 1990s. Stuff.co.nz; Geo-energy.org

The Philippines: San Miguel, Aboitiz to Bid for Leyte Geothermal
SMC (San Miguel) Global Power Holdings Corp. plans to bid for power from the 440-MW Leyte geothermal power facility Rappler.com. Aboitiz Power has also expressed interest and said they would create a new vehicle to handle their bid. Philstar.com

Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) recently announced the auction would be offered in two packages — the first will be offered in strips of power ranging from 1 MW to 40 MW max; and a second package of 240 MW will be offered in one bulk. Unified Leyte geothermal is composed of several units: 125-MW Upper Mahiao; 232.5-MW Malitbog; 180-MW Mahanagdong power plants; and 51-MW optimization plants. Existing power purchase agreements are connected with Napocor and the Energy Development Corp.  Psalm.gov.ph; Psalm.gov.ph (PDF)

The Philippines: EDC to Dismantle Power Plant
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) will dismantle its 49-MW Northern Negros Geothermal Power Plant (NNGPP) in Barangay Mailum, Bago City, Negros Occidental due to its failure to generate the target capacity. Although EDC’s project site provided sufficient temperature, there was low permeability and calcification or mineral scaling inside the wellbore. EDC will retain only limited facilities and equipment from NNGPP, Board Member Patrick Lacson, who is Chairman of the Provincial Council Committee on Environment, told press. Sunstar.com.ph

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