Geothermal news briefs from Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the Philippines

Geothermal updates from the Asia-Pacific region.

*Japan: 20 Geothermal Sites Being Assessed
*Malaysia: Drilling for First Geo Plant to Begin in April
*New Zealand: Maori Trust Seeks to Build Geothermal
*The Philippines: Leyte Contracts Awarded; Maibarara Begins Operations

Reports continue to come from Japan about the geothermal market’s growing role in replacing nuclear power, with 20 geothermal sites across the country being assessed. Japan’s domestic interest in geo power had wained since its last geothermal plant was built in 1999, but internationally, Japanese companies Toshiba, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Fuji Electric have continued to keep Japan in the scene providing¬†over half the world market for geothermal turbines.

IDC and Malay company TGE Power are in final stages of discussion for the first geothermal power plant in Malaysia, and drilling is expected in April.

In New Zealand, the Maori Kawerau A-8-D Ahu Whenua trust seeks to build a geothermal plant on its own land. The Trust is asking for a 35-year consent for construction and water use above the Kawerau Geothermal Reservoir in the Bay of Plenty.

In the Philippines, the state firm Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. has awarded contracts to Aboitiz Power Corp and Vivant Corp to be Independent Power Producer Administrators for the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant. Aboitiz Power, through subsidiary Aboitiz Energy Solutions Inc, contracts 40 MW output, while Vivant, through wholly-owned Vivant Energy Corp, contracts for 17 MW.

Also in the Philippines, Maibarara Geothermal Inc. began operations at its 20-MW geothermal power plant in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on February 8, and is connected to the Luzon grid.

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