A company in Ecuador is looking to increase its geothermal capacity (currently 204 MW). A potential geothermal site sought by a Mexican-Icelandic consortium is permitted in Mexico.
El Salvador: LaGeo to Start Feasibility Studies at Chinameca
El Salvador already produces 204 MW of geothermal energy, and the National Energy Council names 12 sites that could together expand this to 644 MW. LaGeo company president Julio Valdivieso told local press the estimated cost to accomplish this would be a $1.5 billion investment. “The cost of maintaining a geothermal well in order for it to produce profits is between about $6 million and $8 million,” he said. LaGeo is looking to start feasibility studies for its potential 50-MW plant in Chinameca, San Miguel. The project’s initial exploration phase has been completed, and the company is targeting 2016 or 2017 for a completed geothermal energy generation plant at the site. Centralamericadata.com; Centralamericadata.com
Mexico: Geothermal Consortium Granted Ceboruco Permit
A geothermal consortium has been awarded a permit to produce energy at the planned 30-MWe geothermal power plant project at Ceboruco in Nayarit. Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), the power regulator, granted the permit to the Mexican-Icelandic firm Mexxus RG. Bnamericas.com