Argentina’s Despoblados project; Chile development; Dominica’s project gains support

In Argentina, the Despoblados project is headed in to feasibility studies and a PPA. Energia Andina’s Chile projects move forward. In Dominica, support builds for geothermal development.

Argentina: Despoblados Geothermal Project at Feasibility Stage
Chile: Company Discusses Geothermal Development Assets
Dominica: Support Builds for Geothermal Development

Argentina: Despoblados Geothermal Project at Feasibility Stage
Barrick Gold along with Argentina’s San Juan provincial power utility EPSE and Argentine firm Geotermia Andina are jointly pursuing the Despoblados geothermal project in Valle del Cura valley, Argentina. The venture is likely to sign a power purchase agreement for delivery of geothermal power at Barrick Gold’se Veladero gold mine operations. Feasibility studies are expected to be finalized later this year. Bnamericas.com

Chile: Company Discusses Geothermal Development Assets
Jose Manuel Soffia, general manger of Energia Andina, talked recently with press about the company’s geothermal assets in Chile. The Tinguiririca power plant is the firm’s most advanced project, and all of its projects there have passed initial stages. Soffia also discussed the difficulties of development such as the time it takes to develop geothermal and the importance of coordinating with local communities. Thinkgeoenergy.com

Dominica: Support Builds for Geothermal Development
Geothermal development on the Caribbean island of Dominica was featured on Trust.org and Catholic.org this week. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Parliament in July that government support for geothermal would include a 30.5 million EC dollar ($ 11.2 million) investment in test drilling and an additional 36.7 million EC dollars ($13.3 million) for Roseau Valley development. Over $30 million has been spent on the project in Roseau Valley; see also Geo-energy.org (PDF)

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