Asia-Pacific geo news briefs: Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines

Geothermal energy headlines from Asia-Pacific countries.

*Australia: Geodynamics Acquires 90% of KUTh Energy; Geothermal in Victoria
*Indonesia: New Geothermal Law; Largest Geo Plant in Country Begins Construction in March
*Japan: East Japan Railway Plans Geo Project in Aomori Prefecture
*Philippines: Projects Named for Basic Energy in West Bulusan, AP Renewables in North Cotabato

In a December 12 press release, Australian Geodynamics announced it has completed acquisition of 90.45% of the issued shares of KUTh Energy Limited.

An article on ABC Australia gives a history of geothermal uses in Portland, Victoria, and the current regulation of the resource. The council declared $150,000 of this year’s budget to carry out planning and design work, but the project would need additional public and private partners.

In Indonesia, a new law is expected to pass next year. The proposal separate the development of geothermal energy from mining law.

The Sarulla power plant in Indonesia is expected to be the country’s largest geothermal plant, at three by 110 megawatts (MW) of electricity, and enters construction stages next March. The project began in 1990.

East Japan Railway Co. plans to build a geothermal power plant in Aomori Prefecture, with construction to begin in 2014. The company is jointly conducting land surveys with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Obayashi Corp.

In the Philippines, Basic Energy Corp has won another geothermal service contract, awarded by the Department of Energy. The West Bulusan, Sorsogon area includes geothermal prospects at Mt. Bulusan the active volcano.

Also in the Philippines, two geothermal service contracts in North Cotabato were newly awarded to AP Renewables of Aboitiz Power. The sites are called Kapatagan-Sibulan and Talomo-Tico.

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