This post brings you geothermal headlines from Nevada, Kenya, Argentina, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Iceland and Turkey.
Click below to read this week’s international geothermal roundup.
*Nevada: Stillwater Paving the Way for More Hybrid Plants
An article on solarindustrymag.com features the geothermal-solar hybrid plant at Stillwater, Nevada. William Price, vice president of geothermal engineering and construction told press the company is well positioned to make hybrid energy plants practical because solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass plants are all part of its international portfolio. “We are able to understand the benefits of each and the weaknesses of each,” he says. “Moreover, we understand the advantages of combining technologies for the better of the whole.”
*Kenya: KenGen Continues Geothermal Push
KenGen is looking to build another 700-MW geothermal facility in three years. KenGen Managing director Albert Mugo told local press the company will be seeking further partners from the private sector. “These projects are in line with the government’s efforts to reduce the cost of electricity by up to 40 per cent by the end of the year,” he said. Thanks to geothermal power that has already been brought online, the cost of fuel is now Sh2.51 per kwh, down from Sh7.22 per kWh.
*Kenya: Kenya Power Buys 70 MW from Akiira Geothermal
Kenya Power & Lighting Ltd. will buy 70 MW from the Akiira Geothermal–Marine Power Generation geothermal partnership. The project is located south west of Naivasha and is being developed in two 70-MW phases. Munich Re, a GEA member, is covering exploration risk on a series of eight wells. Ram Energy Inc. another GEA member is also involved.
*Argentina: Companies Bid on Domuyo Field
Bidding is open on the Domuyo geothermal field in Argentina and five groups have offered bids: Enal-Proinsa; Teranov-Hidrotec; Adage Geothermal consortium Inc-Quantec Geoscience Argentina, Geothermal Andina-DTP Laboratories-Consulting Demison; and Grupo Minero Aconcagua.
*Canada: China Considering BC Investment
The China Overseas Investment Union has shown interest in a geothermal project by Borealis Geopower in the Canoe Reach, south of Valemount, British Columbia. The parties expect a two- to six-month time frame if the investment is going to go forward. “Geopower can be a practical energy solution for British Columbia and Western Canada,” said Mayor Jeannette Townsend in a letter.
Asia and the Pacific
*Indonesia: Geo Education Park Announced for North Sulawesi
Governor SH Sarundayang of North Sulawesi said a new geothermal energy education park in the City of Tomohon will promote environmental sustainability and will be a tourist draw.
*Japan: National Corp Funds Iwate Geo Project
The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp, which falls under the jurisdiction of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, will in fiscal 2015 finance 24.99% for exploration work at a geothermal project in Iwate prefecture. Iwate Geothermal Power Co Ltd is carrying out research and development in the Matsuo Hachimantai area with a potential expected capacity up to 7 MW.
*New Zealand: Coal Closings Continue
In an article on afr.com, Genesis Energy chief executive Albert Brantley commented on the closing of coal in favor of geothermal and other renewables in New Zealand. “The development of lower cost renewable generation, principally wind and geothermal, investment in the HVDC link, and relatively flat growth in consumer and industrial demand for electricity have combined to reinforce the decision to retire the remaining Rankine units, which will deliver further operational efficiencies to Genesis Energy,” he is quoted.
*New Zealand: Geothermal Company Shares Announced
Origin Energy has announced an agreement to sale 53.09% shareholding in New Zealand geothermal company Contact Energy at NZ$4.65 per share. The transaction provides financial risk reduction.
*Taiwan: Geothermal Facility Started in New Taipei
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs have chosen the location for a geothermal facility in New Taipei‘s Jinshan District and held a kickoff ceremony. Data shows 68.5 million kWh of potential electricity generation per year, enough to cover energy consumption in New Taipei City’s Jinshan and Wanli districts and to reduce 42,677 metric tons of CO2 emissions every year.
*Iceland: Supercritical Reservoir Findings Published
Geoscientists working on the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) have published results and modeling of supercritical geothermal systems in Nature Communications (see nature.com). Thomas Driesner, a senior lecturer at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology told press: “The model gives us some idea of the criteria by which these zones develop—and how to recognize them.” The scientists found that basaltic rock surrounding a magma intrusion signifies likelihood of a geothermal reservoir forming.
*Turkey: Geothermal Company Named Top Growing Company in Nation
Maren Maraş Elektrik, which focuses on geothermal energy, has been named the fastest growing company in Turkey. The company is based in Kahramanmaraş in southern Turkey and has a growth rate of 8,754% between 2011 and 2013.