This post brings you geothermal updates from Nevada, Grenada, New Zealand and the Philippines.
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*Nevada: UNR Team Takes on FORGE Sites
A local news article highlights the University of Nevada Reno, where researchers are involved in geologic modeling for two potential Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) sites — Fallon, Nevada and Coso, California. The FORGE program, offered through the U.S. Department of Energy, is set to test the feasibility for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) at a total five sites and to choose three sites to go on for further study. The UNR team is among the highly trained for the job: “We have a long history of working with the geothermal systems in the region and understanding the geologic setting of those systems,” UNR’s Jim Faulds told press. Fellow professor and researcher Wendy Calvin is quoted, “FORGE will lay the groundwork for new methods, expand our exploration from surface to the subsurface and allow us to include new projects in reservoir modeling and 3D data synthesis.”
*Grenada: Works Shows Geothermal Potential
An article on www.caribbeannewsnow.com provides updates for a geothermal project on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Recent work has shown an underground hot water reservoir near Mt St Catherine, and geothermal company Jacob, from New Zealand, plans additional MT measurements and gravity measurements, which will further help to locate geothermal resources and eventually plans to drill at the site.
Asia and the Pacific
*New Zealand: Geothermal Deal Struck by Local Maori Entity
The Ngāwhā marae komiti, a Māori entity, has signed a deal with Top Energy for a geothermal project near Kaikohe. “We’ve got educational scholarships and we’ve also got the right to develop the field independent of Top Energy if and when that decision is to be made,” said advisor to the komiti, Chris Webster. “So, it’s a mighty big success for a little marae and it’s a mighty big achievement to help turn around the bad statistics of the Far North.”
*New Zealand and The Philippines: Geothermal Partnership to Increase
GNS Science of New Zealand and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) of The Philippines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for geothermal energy development. The entities have been working together under a previous MOU, and plan to increase cooperation in areas such as modeling of reservoirs, databases, and field assessments in both countries.
*The Philippines: Nickel Asia Increases Funding for Montelago Geothermal
To help fund the geothermal project in Mindoro Oriental, Nickel Asia Corp is increasing its stake in Emerging Power Inc. to 66% from 55%. The funds will go to drilling and production facilities within Montelago geothermal project. An assessment showed the Montelago geothermal resource with up to 30 MW potential.