International roundup: Geothermal in Kenya, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, and more

This post brings you geothermal news from Kenya, Indonesia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Azerbaijan, and Denmark.

Geothermal photos via Twitter users @AaronMandell in Oregon and @davezolis in Iceland
Geothermal photos via Twitter users @AaronMandell in Oregon and @davezolis in Iceland

Click below to read this week’s international geothermal roundup.

Africa

*Kenya: KenGen Prepares Final Steps for Full 280 MW at Olkaria
This week, the last of four 70-MW geothermal units (KenGen’s Olkaria I Unit 5) was synchronized with the national grid. This prepares the way for the final phase and official commissioning of the full 280-MW power project. KenGen CEO Albert Mugo told press the final steps would happen next month. [kbc.co.ke; standardmedia.co.ke]

*Kenya: Geothermal Institute to Open in 2015
At the recent African Rift Geothermal (ARGeo) Conference, ARGeo member countries discussed the opening of the Geothermal Research and Training Institute (GeTRI) in Kenya. GeTRI will kick off in 2015 at the Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology (DeKUT) with MSc-level courses, and at a future date, PhD programs, and will be Africa’s first geothermal research center. Training will include resource discovery, utilization, drilling, engineering and plant design, environmental impacts, and business principles. DeKUT expects graduates to come away with a foundation in multidisciplinary geothermal knowledge of technology and management; be able to analyze data to answer challenges of geothermal exploration and exploitation; and effectively participate in geothermal matters. The institute is receiving funds from the United Nations Environment Programme to benefit all ARGeo member countries. [dkut.ac.ke; renewableenergyworld.com]

Asia and the Pacific

*Indonesia: Ministry Hopes to Triple Geothermal Output in Five Years
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry hopes to double the amount of renewable energy in Indonesia in the next five years, to 21.5 GW by 2019. Director general for renewable energy, Rida Mulyana, told local press this will require an investment of $36 billion. Geothermal plants are expected to make the second biggest contribution to the growth out of any source, after hydro. The plan raises the current 1,403.5 MW geothermal installed capacity up to 4,926.5 MW. [The Jakarta Post]

*Indonesia: Project Areas to be Returned
Local news reports two geothermal working areas are being returned to the local government. One is the Chevron Geothermal Indonesia working area in Lampung, Sumatra; the second is PT Pacific Geoenergy’s Hu’u Daha in West Nusa Tenggara. [The Jakarta Post]

*New Zealand: Geothermal Highlighted During Conservation Week
As part of New Zealand’s Conservation Week, the Department of Conservation offered a tour of the Ngā Awa Purua power station and the Lake Rotokawa geothermal area. “It would take the geothermal power station up to seven years to emit the same amount of carbon that an equivalently sized coal power station puts out in just one day,” according to the Department of Conservation blog. [doc.govt.nz]

*The Philippines: GT Capital Interested in Geothermal
GT Capital is looking into opportunities in geothermal and biomass, its president Carmelo Maria Luza Bautista told press this month. Currently, subsidiary Global Business Power operates coal and bunker plants. [gmanetwork.com]

Europe and Central Asia

*Azerbaijan: Researchers Plan for Future Geothermal Use
Azerbaijan’s National Academy of Sciences is studying geothermal potential through the Institute of Geology and Geophysics. Researchers are gathering information on known sources to set up a base. Future plans include zoning for efficient use of thermal waters. [onislam.net]

*Denmark: Geothermal Subsidies Granted in Plan to End Fossil Fuels
Denmark has announced a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050, and the end to fossil fuel consumption will include transportation. As part of the plan, subsidies will be provided for geothermal energy and other renewables, energy efficiency, combined heat and power, smart grid, and more. An intermediary goal will see a 7% overall decrease from 2010 levels by 2020. [justmeans.com]

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