Geothermal headlines from The Comoros, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Italy.
Click below for the international geothermal roundup.
*The Comoros: Exploration Results Expected This Year
The Geological Bureau of Comoros, along with help from New Zealand, carried out surface exploration studies at the Karthala volcano area in July 2015 with the goal to identify high temperature areas (over 200 degrees C). The team installed electric and magnetic sensors on 80 sites, and results are expected this year. Total project cost is expected at US$81.3 million.
Asia and the Pacific
*Indonesia: ADB Loan to Stimulate Energy Sector
A $500 million loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) will go to help stimulate Indonesia’s energy sector, including the reform agenda, which includes geothermal energy. “The program will boost government efforts to scale up renewable energy through price incentives for geothermal, biomass and small hydropower,” notes a post from ADB. The ADB loan is expected to also be complemented by about $800 million from key development partners.
*Japan: Tests Conducted at Amemasudake Area
A press release (PDF) from Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. updates on a short-term flow test at Amemasudake area, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. Tests are conducted on capacity, underground temperature, chemical composition of the fluid, and permeability. Future plans would move to Phase 3 study with production and injection tests, reservoir evaluation and environmental impact assessment.
*New Zealand: Geothermal Features Have Both Cultural and Economic Value
A nice read on nzherald.co.nz looks at geothermal in New Zealand both today and in ancient times. A quote from Te Puia chief executive Tim Cossar states, “Visitors have been drawn to the geothermal features of the valley, and the hospitality of our people, for almost 200 years and it is an attraction that is as important today as it was then. . . These recent [technology] developments add a new layer to this offering – and it’s right here in our back yard.”
*Italy: Tuscany Could See Geothermal in Val D’Orcia
An article in The Economist discusses potential geothermal exploration in the Val d’Orcia region in Tuscany, Italy, where a six-month moratorium expired at the end of August. Geothermal energy has both supporters and critics in the region, and access to the industry for both foreign and private local firms is still relatively new, notes the article.