International roundup: Geothermal in Nevada, Wisconsin, Kenya, Grenada and more

This post brings you geothermal news from Nevada, Wisconsin, Kenya, Canada, Colombia, Grenada, Mexico, Indonesia, The Philippines and Iceland.

Geothermal photos via Twitter users @wmsgtt and @JudiWakhungu
Geothermal photos via Twitter users @wmsgtt and @JudiWakhungu

Click below for this week’s international geothermal roundup.

U.S. States

*Nevada: Lithium Production Possible in Clayton Valley
The company Pure Energy Minerals is in exploration stages as it considers lithium production at its Clayton Valley property in Nevada. The area “is surrounded by highly lithium-enriched tertiary rhyolitic tuffs and lithium-bearing sediments, as well as an active geothermal system,” states

*Wisconsin: Fiber-Optics Used to Measure Geothermal for First Time
A project by a team of UW-Madison geoscientists and engineers, industry partners and U.S. DOE is the first in North America to use fiber-optic cables to measure rock properties in a geothermal field, explains university press. Advances over the past 5-6 years allow the cables to produce new data about 500 times per second.


*Kenya: 140 MW Commissioned at Olkaria
This week, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya led the commissioning of 140 MW of new geothermal power at the Olkaria field. View photos via President Kenyatta’s Twitter account, @UKenyatta. “This is another milestone in our Government‘s journey to deliver an additional 5,000 megawatts in five years,” he stated. “Kenya is now among global leaders in the investment and scale of development in unlocking the geothermal promise.”

*Kenya: Thermal Diesel at Lowest Use in 7 Years
Geothermal energy production has helped to achieve a milestone in Kenya: thermal diesel power has dropped below the 100-million-unit mark for the first time since January 2008, states local press. Geothermal’s lack of fuel costs also helps the government’s goal to reduce the cost of power. Power from Menengai Geothermal Project in Nakuru County will cost Sh7khw compared to diesel-generated electricity at Sh22khw.

The Americas

*Canada: Geothermal Project in Quebec Funded
As part of a $25 million clean energy push, the federal government has allotted $800,000 to geothermal exploration in Quebec. L’Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Quebec will use the funding to explore for deep geothermal production potential for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The funding is through Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

*Colombia: Toshiba and Partners Consider Feasibility Study
A group of companies made up of Toshiba Corp., Isagen SA, Schlumberger Ltd. and West Japan Engineering Consultants Inc. is considering a feasibility study for a 50-MW geothermal project in Caldas, Colombia.

*Grenada: Geothermal Analysis Begins
Grenada has partnered with scientists from New Zealand and Australia to conduct technical and geoscience analyses for potential geothermal exploration and development. The analyses will begin in February and March 2015, notes local press. Jacobs New Zealand Limited, contracted by the Government of New Zealand, is expected to submit technical reports and its proposal for moving forward in June 2015.

*Mexico: Geothermal Round Expected This Quarter
Mexico’s Energy Ministry expects to launch its geothermal ’round zero’ campaign, formed as part of recent reforms, during the current quarter. The Ministry will award certain projects to be developed by the CFE and will tender other projects to the private sector. Project financing director Chris McCormick told local press, “There is a significant amount of capital ready to be deployed in the hands of large project financers around the world, who are looking for sustainable projects. That money is global money and Mexico is a wonderful market to deploy it in.”

Asia and the Pacific

*Indonesia: Two Geothermal Contracts Awarded
Hawkins (New Zealand) and Banguan Cipta Kontractor have been awarded design, procurement and construction contracts for two geothermal projects in Indonesia owned by Pertamina Geothermal Energy. The Lumut Balai geothermal project in southwest Sumatra will be supplied by Toshiba, while the 30-MW Karaha project in West Java will be supplied by Alstom. Indonesia has been working on its fast track energy program.

*The Philippines: Engineers Ready Mindoro Test Well
An article on provides an update on the Mindoro island geothermal power project. Engineers are in the early stages and a test well will show how much energy can be produced. Fidel Correa of Emerging Power is quoted, “We were shooting for 40-megawatts to supply the whole of Mindoro island with electricity from geothermal power.” The project is expected to drastically reduce the cost of power for Mindoro residents.

*The Philippines: Team to Monitor Negros Prospect Resizing
A monitoring team is being created for the proposed capacity resizing for Energy Development Corporation’s Northern Negros Geothermal Power Plant. The memorandum of agreement is between the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources as well as Energy, provincial government of Negros Occidental, local governments of Bago and Murcia, barangays of Mailum and Minoyan, Ma-ao Parish Human Development Corp. and EDC-NNGP.


*Iceland’s Geothermal Drilling Boasts 74% Success Rate
A new report by ÍSOR, “Success of high temperature geothermal wells in Iceland,” is available as a PDF at The report “presents data on 213 geothermal production wells and 21 injection wells drilled in seven high temperature fields in Iceland,” states the abstract. “The data was classified using the same criteria as in the International Finance Corporation (IFC) 2013 Report on the success of geothermal wells from 14 countries. A production well was deemed successful when it had sufficient capacity to be connected and utilized in the respective power plant. Injection wells that have shown a good injectivity or have been used for reinjection were deemed to be successful. Of the 213 production wells analyzed, 158 or 74% were deemed to be successful. None of the fields has a success rate below 50%.”

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