Asia/Pacific energy needs; Australian EGS and exploration; Indonesia’s energy minister; New Zealand geyser; NMI denies KUTh appeal; Philippines plant going on line; Thailand’s renewables

Renewable energy has great potential in Asia/Pacific regions. An Australian company works to commercialize its 1-MW equivalent Enhanced Geothermal Systems EGS pilot plant, while New South Wales is set for exploratory drilling. Indonesia’s energy minister touts geothermal while company Yokogawa Indonesia will supply the control system for the Lahendong Geothermal Power Plant. A geyser in New Zealand is active after over 3 decades. KUTh’s Saipan appeal is denied. The Maibarara, Philippines plant is expected to go on line this year. A U.S. Asia-Pacific clean energy program will be based in Bangkok.


UN Undersecretary General Comments on Asia/Pacific Energy Needs
Australia: Habanero Trial Ready for Commercial Offer; New South Wales to Conduct Exploratory Drilling
Indonesia: Energy Minister Touts Geothermal Potential; Yokogawa to Supply Control System for Lahendong Renovation
New Zealand: Rotorua Area Geyser Revitalization Linked to Geothermal Action Plan
Northern Marianas Islands: KUTh Energy Appeal Denied
The Philippines: Maibarara Expected to Go On Line This Year in Batangas
Thailand: U.S. Asia-Pacific Program in Bangkok; Former Energy Minister Supports Renewables

UN Undersecretary General Comments on Asia/Pacific Energy Needs
Dr Noeleen Heyzer, UN undersecretary general and Escap executive secretary offered insight on the future of Asia’s energy security in an Op-Ed printed in the (South China Morning Post, Scmp.com). “The countries of our region have one of the fastest growing rates of investment in renewable energy, taking advantage of our ample supplies of solar, hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and ocean energies,” Heyzer writes. “Still, the current energy mix remains mostly fossil fuel-based, especially coal, with renewable resources accounting for only 16 per cent of total electricity production.” Heyzer discusses how to ensure sustainable energy for all and meet growing needs in the Asia and Pacific region, where there are 628 million people without access to electricity.

Australia: Habanero Trial Ready for Commercial Offer; New South Wales to Conduct Exploratory Drilling
In Australia, company Geodynamics continues working hard on its groundbreaking 1-MW equivalent Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) pilot plant. The 160-day trial session at Habanero in South Australia is now complete, and Geodynamics notes: “Maximum sustained closed loop flow rates of 19 kilograms per second were achieved during reliability trial runs, above the expected maximum performance indicated by previous performance of Habanero 1 as an injection well and system modelling. A new maximum well-head temperature was achieved at Habanero 4 of 215°C; at the time of completing the trial the well-head temperature at Habanero 4 was still slowly rising after 160 days of production. The plant demonstrated better than expected reliability and system stability; an extended continuous production run in excess of 50 days was achieved.” Geodynamics says it will now focus on getting this turned in to a commercial plant by finding a firm proposal. Proactiveinvestors.com.au

Meanwhile, the state of New South Wales is looking in to its geothermal potential, Department of Trade and Investment spokesman James Knight told press. “We plan to drill in two sites to collect some basic geological information on the rocks that occur out that way to provide some insights into a whole range of things really,” he said. The core holes are planned for drilling over the next four months and will be located near Cobar and Wilcannia. Abc.net.au

Indonesia: Energy Minister Touts Geothermal Potential; Yokogawa to Supply Control System for Lahendong Renovation
Indonesia’s Energy Minister Jero Wacik expressed his support for increased geothermal development specifically, and renewable energy more broadly. “The existing geothermal energy projects that have been running in the country were Kamojang and Wayang Windu in West Java,” Wacik was quoted from sidelines of the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) program. “Indonesia has many potential geothermal places to be explored and transferred to energy that would be very useful for people across the country.” English.cntv.cn

Meanwhile the Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that it has won an order for the Lahendong Geothermal Power Plant in Indonesia. Yokogawa Indonesia will supply the control system for a renovation project for the first of four 20-MW power generation units at the plant on Sulawesi Island. Yokogawa.com

New Zealand: Rotorua Area Geyser Revitalization Linked to Geothermal Action Plan
Papakura Geyser, located in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, is showing signs of revitalization that are likely connected to a geothermal action plan for the area. The geyser was once consistently active but had been dormant since 1979. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Senior Planner Bridget Robson told press the Rotorua Geothermal Plan has tightly managed the resource. “This could be the first time in the world a management response to a geothermal decline has had this type of result. Usually when geysers have stopped erupting they have tended to stay that way. What’s happening here suggests there is a big lag period between changing use patterns and the geothermal system responding. This will be of interest internationally,” Robson was quoted. Nz.news.yahoo.com

Northern Marianas Islands: KUTh Energy Appeal Denied
KUTh Energy, the Australian geothermal developer that had won a bid to develop geothermal energy on Saipan only to have it canceled, has been denied its reconsideration appeal. Local press reports (Saipantribune.com): “Having considered all legal and factual arguments set forth by KUTh, and discussed in detail below, OPA hereby denies KUTh’s request and affirms OPA Appeal Decision BP-A075,” citing an Oct. 2 decision by legal counsel James W. Taylor and concurred by Public Auditor Michael Pai. See also Geoenergist.wordpress.com

The Philippines: Maibarara Expected to Go On Line This Year in Batangas
In a statement reported Oct. 11, PetroEnergy Resources Corporation said the Energy Regulatory Commission granted a certificate of compliance to Maibarara Geothermal Inc. for its 20-MW power plant located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It is the first project to be cleared for commercial operations under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and is expected go on line before the year’s end. Interaksyon.com

Thailand: U.S. Asia-Pacific Program in Bangkok; Former Energy Minister Supports Renewables
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), supported by the Department of State, announced they are establishing a Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok (Menafn.com). The U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP), was established last year through founding partners the United States, Brunei, and Indonesia, and the program in Bangkok will leverage USACEP resources to bring private U.S. investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Tools will include financing, insurance, project preparation and technical assistance support.

In Thailand, industry has played a key role encouraging energy efficiency in the retail consumer sector. Dr. Piyasvasti Amranand, who was was Thailand’s energy minister between October 2006 and February 2008, spoke recently at the POWER-GEN Asia opening keynote. In Thailand, natural gas plays a predominant role in the current energy infrastructure; Amranand emphasized the role of renewables in the future as leaders look to ensuring Thailand’s energy security. There is one operating geothermal plant in Thailand (Pennenergy.com). See also Geo-energy.org, PDF.

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