Weekly roundup: International geothermal updates

“Weekly news roundup for international geothermal markets”

Geothermal photos via Twitter users @EnergyUnites in California and @Alliceland in Iceland

This week’s international roundup brings you headlines from Alaska, Illinois, Argentina, Canada, Montserrat, Australia, Indonesia, The Philippines, The Solomon Islands, and Hungary.

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U.S. States

*Alaska: Aerial and Surface Data Collection for Geothermal Described
An article on adn.com tells us more about Alaska’s project to measure and model geothermal resources at the Pilgrim Hot Springs area. (We last wrote about it here.) To aid in data collection, the team used remote sensing from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), part of NASA’s Earth Observing System. They also used Forward Looking Infrared cameras carried by small aircraft. Water flow was also studied, and the team took surface temperatures, pressure, and other measurements. Then they created a computer model, based on the data, that simulates the layout of the subsurface. The data collection and modeling provides an assessment to help developers determine where to drill for future production.

*Illinois: Park Uses Geothermal Applications
Glenview Park District have found multiple uses for geothermal applications. Geothermal energy heats and cools the 20,000-square-foot maintenance building at Community West Park, and a geothermal retention pond is stocked with fish. [glenview.suntimes.com]

The Americas

*Argentina: National Groups to Study Geothermal in Jujuy Province
Submitted by Marcelo Lippmann–Gustavo Bianchi, president of YPF SA Technology (Y-TEC), told press the group would study the development of the geothermal resources of the Argentine Andes with the purpose of electricity generation. Y-TEC is a joint enterprise of the Argentine National Oil Company (YPF) and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Bianchi said sites in the northern province of Jujuy could generate between 2 MW and 4 MW, with potential to be sold to neighboring Chile. [tiempo.infonews.com]

*Canada: Manitoba Rolls Out Community Geothermal Program
Manitoba, Canada’s new Community Geothermal Program is a joint project between First Nations, the province, Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance, and Aki Energy. Manitoba Hydro will provide capital and workers from First Nations will install geothermal systems. The cost to convert each home to geothermal is around $15,000. [cbc.ca]

*Canada: DEEP Geothermal Enters “Proof of Concept” Phase
The Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) Corporation’s proposed geothermal production project is entering the proof of concept phase. The project is located south of Estevan in Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to this, a $2 million feasibility study was funded entirely by the federal government and SaskPower. DEEP CEO Kirsten Marcia, a geoscientist and Estevan native, told press there could be power production by early 2017. [estevanmercury.ca]

*Montserrat: Geothermal Project to Get Third Well with UK Funding
Travelagentcentral.com points out that geothermal energy is a key in the Master Plan for Economic Growth for the island. The United Kingdom will be providing funds for a third well at the project site.

Asia and the Pacific

*Australia: CSIRO Staff Protests Research Cuts
Geothermal research is one of several areas to lose funding due to cuts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. (we last wrote about it here.) In protest to the loss of jobs and research, CSIRO staff organised meetings across the nation continent. Up to 700 jobs are expected to be cut over a two-year period. Other than geothermal, other areas that will be hit are neuroscience and colourectal cancer, carbon capture and storage and liquid fuels, bioscience, nanoscience, and research into high performance metal industries. [canberratimes.com.au]

*Indonesia: Geothermal Targeted for 2015 at Mount Rajabasa
Supreme Energy has shown interest in possibility of building a geothermal power plant at the Mount Rajabasa, Indonesia site. The government is shooting to have it operational in 2015. The parties see potential for two turbines generating 110 MW each. [saibumi.com]

*The Philippines: New Geothermal Exploration Announced
AP Renewables, Inc., a subsidiary of AboitizPower, has won geothermal exploration rights in two new areas. The sites are about 10,000 hectares each, located on the boundaries of Davao City, Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. “We are committed to use modern technology to ensure that our geothermal plant does not harm the health of the people and cause the least adverse effect to the environment and the community,” said Manuel M. Orig, AboitizPower first vice-president for Mindanao. [bworldonline.com]

Additionally, the Philippines DOE has said it is opening three new geothermal areas for bidding: Banton Island in Romblon, Balut Island in Davao del Sur, and Maricaban Island in Batangas. [mb.com.ph]

*Solomon Islands: Savo Island Geothermal Exploration Approved
The Savo Island Geothermal Power Project in Solomon Islands exploration activities have been approved for KGL Resources and Geodynamics. The decision follows review of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental Management Plan. Power from a future geothermal facility would replace imported diesel with a sustainable, locally produced source. The companies still need to secure a power purchase agreement with the Solomon Islands government. [australian.com.au]


*Hungary: Jászberény Geothermal to be Explored
CEGE Ltd., a subsidiary of the Hungarian fuels group MOL, has signed a concession for a new geothermal energy exploration area. The company will use existing 3D seismic data along with new magnetotelluric points at Jászberény, Hungary, and expects to drill to 3,000 m depth. Tamás Szakál, Vice President of E&P MOL Hungary told press: “We have a very good chance of carrying out a successful exploration program which can contribute to our mid-term strategic goal of mitigating the production decline in Hungary below 5%. Beyond that we can utilize our know-how obtained in exploration and production activities in renewable geothermal energy projects.” [portfolio.hu]


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