GEA’s geothermal international weekly roundup

Geothermal photos via Twitter users @NatlParksPhotos in Wyoming and @FrankWouters in Iceland.

This week’s stories come from Arkansas, Missouri, Ethiopia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Iceland, and the United Kingdom.

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U.S. States
*Arkansas: Nation’s Largest Geo System for a Production Facility Installed
A company in Arkansas has installed the nation’s largest single geothermal heating and cooling system for use in a production facility. A press release states, “The transition from a conventional HVAC system to a geothermal system is expected to help Rockline [Industries] reduce company-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.”

*Missouri: New Geo System to be Ready by This Fall
Missouri University of Science and Technology campus is installing a geothermal system. The new system will replace a World War II era coal plant by this fall. []

*Ethiopia: Contract Signed for Corbetti Phase 1
The African Union and Reykjavik Geothermal Limited have signed a contract for the first phase of geothermal drilling at Corbetti, Ethiopia. The contract is worth up to $8 million and supports two wells. []

*Ethiopia: Funding Approved for Aluto and Alaloban Sites
World Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a US$ 200 Million loan to Ethiopia for geothermal development at the Aluto and Alaloban sites. The first phase will establish the institutional framework that is needed. []

Asia and The Pacific
*Indonesia: Nine Geothermal Working Areas Announced
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has announced nine geothermal mining working areas: Geraho Nyabu, Kerinci, Jambi – 200 MW geothermal potential; Gunung Talang, Bukit Kili, Solok, Sumatra Barat – 65 MW; Gunung Arjuno Welirang, Pasuruan, Malang, Jawa Timur – 185 MW; Gunung Pandan, Madiun, Jawa Timur – 60 MW; Gunung Wilis, Jawa Timur – 50 MW; Gunung Songkoroti, Blitar, Malang, Jawa Timur – 35 MW; Gunung Gde Pangrango, Jawa Barat – 85 MW; Gungung Hamiding, Halmahera Utara – 265 MW; and Telaga Rano, Halmahera Utara – 85 MW. []

*The Philippines: Geothermal Producer Organizes Workshop for Media
Philippines geothermal producer Energy Development Corporation recently organized a two-day “summer camp” on geothermal energy, the environment, disaster-preparedness and survival techniques that was attended by 28 broadcast and print media personnel from Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. The event was patterned after the EDC summer eCamp, which brings together geothermal host communities and employees of the company’s various geothermal sites. []

*The Philippines: Ten Groups Interested in Mt. Apo Geothermal Site
At least 10 investor-groups have shown interest in the supply contract of the 108-megawatt Mt. Apo geothermal power project. There will be a pre-bid conference on June 26, followed by bid submission slated for September. Two of the groups are foreign, and the rest are local; but the names of the interested parties have not been released. [Manila Bulletin]

*Iceland: Undersea Cable to Europe has Great Potential
Iceland continues to consider the possibility of transporting geothermal energy to the European mainland via cable. “The conditions are in place for Iceland to produce 30 to 35 terawatt hours, should that be the decision of the authorities,” Hordur Arnarson, chief executive officer of Landsvirkjun, was quoted on “Producing that much energy would still protect a great deal of areas that we want to preserve.”

*United Kingdom: Survey in Devon and Cornwall Considers Geothermal
The year-long Tellus South West survey measured data in Devon and Cornwall’s landscape such as heat and minerals. Dr. Andrew Howard from the British Geological Survey told press, “One of the main aims of the project is to inform future assessment of mineral wealth and geothermal energy in the region and whether we can extract those resources economically, and create new investment and jobs, without detrimental impacts on the environment.” []

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