Geo news briefs from Asia-Pacific: Australia, The Philippines

Geo new briefs from the Asia-Pacific regions.

*Australia: Western Australia and Victoria Look at Laws
*The Philippines: Unified Leyte, Bacman, and Luzon Geothermal Areas Updated

In Western Australia, changes to a Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Legislation Amendment Bill are being considered.

In Victoria, Australia, lawyers are considering property rights and regulation related to direct geothermal uses.

Energy Development Corp. has been able to partially restart the Unified Leyte geothermal power plants that were damaged by the Philippines’ recent Typhoon disaster. Operators were able to dispatch 57 MW to the Visayas grid and plan to restore 147 MW by year’s end.

Also in the Philippines, Bacman Geothermal Inc. (BGI) filed a request for arbitration on November 28 for a dispute with TurboCare Inc. and Siemens Inc.

And Basic Energy is setting aside next year’s budget for its geothermal concession areas on Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, in Batangas, Bataan, Benguet and Camarines Sur. Trans-Asia has signed on to the Mabini, Batangas area, to share the cost of exploratory drilling, giving Trans-Asia a 10% stake with an option to boost up to 40%.

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