Bolivia’s geothermal interest; Chile working with Germany; A Chilean geothermal greenhouse; Montserrat’s well to see further testing

Bolivia’s President recognizes the importance of geothermal. A German company signs on to the Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence in Chile. Elsewhere in Chile, the first use of geothermal for greenhouses in the country is underway. Montserrat’s well to undergo further testing.


Bolivia: President Recognizes Importance of Geothermal Expertise
Chile: Germany Company Supports Geothermal Energy Center
Chile: Lampa to Host First Geothermal Greenhouse Project in Country
Montserrat: Long-term Testing Ahead for Island’s First Geothermal Well

Bolivia: President Recognizes Importance of Geothermal Expertise
President of Bolivia Evo Morales recognized the importance of geothermal energy specialists in a speech to the VI International Forum of Gas and Energy. “In here, fellow Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons, I wanted to tell you, we would like to have as a government and as a state, a group of scientists and experts on geothermal energy,” Morales said. Thinkgeoenergy.com

Chile: Germany Company Supports Geothermal Energy Center
The Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence in the Andes (CEGA) and German company GTN Neubrandenburg GmbH have signed a two-year cooperation agreement to transfer results and build on viable project options in Chile. The two are currently conducting a feasibility study geothermal direct use in the center-south of the country. Cega.ing.uchile.cl

Chile: Lampa to Host First Geothermal Greenhouse Project in Country
Chile is venturing into its first use of geothermal for greenhouses outside of Santiago in Lampa. The project piloted by Agrarian Innovation Foundation is expected to cost US$136,000, of which US$109,000 will come from FIA. The Ministry of Agriculture and agri-business Sergio Aguilar are also collaborating. Freshfruitportal.com

Montserrat: Long-term Testing Ahead for Island’s First Geothermal Well
Following the release of video footage showing Montserrat’s first geothermal well producing steam (Geoenergist.wordpress.com), Director of Public Works Ron Beardsley told press results are still being assessed but are encouraging. Beardsley said that long-term testing “will be carried out over several weeks and will determine the chemical composition of the geothermal fluids, as well as the temperature and pressure from the resource. This critical data will inform the design of the most cost-effective generation plant for our location. It will also give an estimate of the long term capacity of the resource. The long-term testing will be carried out over the next couple of months.” Jamaica-gleaner.com

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