This post brings you geothermal updates from Djibouti, Kenya, Canada, The Philippines, The Netherlands and Turkey.
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*Djibouti: Projects Moving Forward in Geothermal, Wind
Local news from Djibouti says an agreement between Djibouti and Chinese group Shanghai Electric signals continued importance on renewable energy. While that agreement involves a wind farm, the article notes that geothermal is a priority for the government. Highlights in Djibouti’s geothermal investigation include a survey completed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency last year. Four exploratory wells are expected to be drilled near the caldera at Asal-Fiale in the next year.
*Kenya: Geothermal Helps Shape Energy Economy
Kenya’s geothermal power has helped its energy economy become more independent. Local press reported the nation had “not imported any power from Tanzania since November last year, while it has scaled down its imports from Uganda.” Official statistics showed that in the first quarter of 2015, geothermal generated 1,476.66 MW, hydro generated 1,018.08 MW and thermal generated 485.26 MW. “With an installed capacity of more than 2,100 MW against a demand of 1,600 MW, we are able to offer exports to our neighbours and we do hope that in the next five years, electricity will be added to our basket of foreign exchange earners,” Albert Mugo, the chief executive officer of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) was quoted.
*Canada: N. Ontario Needs Renewable Energy Strategy, Says Columnist
An opinion article in The Sudbury Star takes on Northern Ontario’s position in the energy market shift toward renewables and suggests the need for a “renewable energy strategy” in the region. “Power and heat will come from wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources,” says the article, “. . . The strategy could be used to promote and enhance synergies from initiatives already underway in the community.”
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*The Philippines: Biliran Targets 50 MW for Eastern Visayas by 2016
Local news from the Philippines reports that the first phase of the proposed Biliran Geothermal Inc. project in Eastern Visayas is scheduled for completion later next year. The capacity is now expected to be up to 50 MW, up from an initial 20-MW estimate. “Biliran targets 50 MW but on staggered/phased development of 10 MW (per phase). The first unit is expected to be completed in October 2016,” DOE director for Renewable Energy Management Bureau Mario Marasigan was quoted.
*The Netherlands: Luminescence Technique for Geothermal Studies Developed
Wageningen University researchers in The Netherlands have created a technique that could help inform data on potential geothermal reservoirs using temperature signals and luminescence measurements in rocks. Researcher Benny Guralnick told press, “We still enormously under-exploit geothermal energy, although it is a renewable source of energy.”
*Turkey: EBRD Adds $200M for Germencik Geothermal
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a US$ 200 million loan to the Efeler geothermal plant in the Buyuk Menderes Graben, west Turkey, near Germencik. Through additional lenders three of the five units are already operational and when all are complete the plant is expected to generate a total 170 MW. “With this support, all the units of the Efeler geothermal plant will be operational by the end of this year, which will increase Güriş Holding’s total renewable capacity to over 435 MW,” Musfik Hami Yamanturk, the CEO of the Güriş Holding, the company building the plant. EBRD has previously financed four geothermal projects through Turkish commercial banks.