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The information released by the Data from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) explains that there is potential for generating more than 850 MW of geothermal power in the country.
Érick Archila, MEM minister , said this is the first time a public tender of this nature is launched. The project would need to be built in 18 months and should be ready to start generating electricity by 2016. ”Generation costs might be more favorable and help diversify energy” said Archila .
Currently, the country there are two generation of geothermal plants. The first one is Zunil , Quetzaltenango , opened on August 4, 1999 , whose generation capacity is 24 MW , but currently produces 13 MW. The second one is Ortitlán, located on the slopes of Pacaya Volcano , San Vicente Pacaya , Escuintla , with a capacity of 25 MW and generates 17 MW . There is also planned one further plant in Amatitlan that could generate up to 25 MW.
This morning, Icelandic engineering group Efla reports that it has signed an agreement with Turkish energy group Zorlu Enerji. The agreement includes Icelandic firm RARIK Energy Development (RED).
The agreement is about development of a geothermal project of 100-150 MW at Nemrut Mountain in the east of Turkey.
Zorlu Enerji is a powerful energy company with significant operations in Turkey, owning and operating the largest geothermal power plant of Turkey which recently was expanded to 95 MW.
The past few years RARIK Turkison Enerji (RTE), a joint venture of EFLA and RED, has worked on geothermal exploration in the geothermal regions of Turkey that have confirmed the potential for geothermal power generation at Mount Nemrut, as well as the possibility of the development of a geothermal heating plant.
With the participation of Zorlu Enerji in the project, further research and development activities can proceed on site.
The parties have established Memrut Jeotermal Elektrik, jointly owned by RTE and Zorlu, which will now carry out further research in the area and start drilling activities necessary for geothermal power generation capacity of up to 100-150 MW, as well as the development of district heating.
The local community has high expectations in the project and the expertise provided by the Icelandic companies involved. Nemrut Jeotermal plans to proceed with power generation projects and potential district heating development in the region.
The activities in Turkey involve the export of Icelandic know-how and experience to Turkey. EFLA and RARIK will be providing consulting services under the agreement and the participation of Zorlu Enerji strengthens the role of these Icelandic companies for further work in this important growth market for the geothermal energy industry.
The chart below shows Friðgeirsson Cuff , Director of RED with Veysel Yurdakul Bitlis province governor and Bahadir Erdogan already applied for production of Nemrut region in April 2013.
The upper image shows the city of Tatvan Nemrut Mountain in the background.
Source: Efla company release (in Icelandic)
The current situation happened because Geothermal companies have been waiting with five-year exploratory licences in Victoria awaiting the money from investors. The permits that these companies had expired last year and even after the government gave them an extra 12 month period it is still unclear what the next step is. HRL executive chairman Dr Mark Elliott said “They’re forming a policy and deciding what to do with the geothermal projects. What we would like them to do is grant us another five-year permit so hopefully in that time we can see the investment market improve”
The Koroit project was regarded as a great option when first announced, promising jobs and money to the Koroit community. “We’ve kept Koroit … we believe that it’s the best geothermal project for potentially delivering in the near term,” Dr Elliott said.
The Dr. also mentioned that the Koroit project had been damaged even further by underwhelming results from enhanced geothermal systems — a separate method of extracting geothermal energy similarly to coal seam gas.
Source: Sean Mc Comish via The Standard
Geothermal power generation is making a comeback in Switzerland. Geo-Energie Suisse has chosen it as one of three potential sites to develop a so-called Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) that could provide heat and electricity for Avenches. However, whether it will actually go ahead is a different matter. They country is movign away from non renewable energy sources to green technologies and plans to give geothermal a more relevant position by 2050.
The goal is to drill down deep – 4,000 metres or more – into the earth’s crust where temperatures rise as high as 200 degrees Celsius. Water under pressure is injected into the rock -fracturing it – and recovered after it has been heated and transformed into electricity according to Swiss Info.
There are some concerns about micro-earthquakes that geothermal might bring but also the population is worried about the old age of the nearby nuclear power plant of Mühleberg, calling it “old and dangerous”. Regarding the micro-seisms, Geo-Energie Suisse has also promised special monitoring every step of the way if it gets the go-ahead.
Source: Scott Capper via SwissInfo.ch
The British Icelandic Chamber of Commerce invites to the Icelandic Energy Summit, hosted by Bloomberg, in London on Friday, 1 November 2013.
The event will provide participants an insight into Iceland´s renewable energy resources, the birth and growth of the data storage industry in the country, the search for offshore oil – and what all this means for the country and its neighbours. The BICC is proud to have assembled some of the most dynamic voices in the developing story of Iceland and its energy potential.
The event, which is free, will be of interest to finance professionals who conduct business with Iceland, or would like to, renewable energy specialists, academics and all those who take an interest in the future development of the Arctic. Feel free to pass on this invitation to colleagues, but we expect this event to be well attended.
Though wind and solar tend to get all the attention, Canada has a rock-steady renewable energy and heat resource that at the moment remains the realm of pure untapped potential.
Here’s what’s on offer if we decide to change that:
- Firm, or “base load,” renewable power—that doesn’t rise and fall with the wind and sun— sufficient to power roughly five million Canadian homes and heat 750,000 homes.
- Enough clean energy to prevent the release of about 25 million tons of carbon pollution each year—equivalent to the annual emissions of all of Alberta’s coal-powered power plants.
- Some 9,000 full-time jobs—three times the number of paychecks created by Canada’s offshore oil industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Relief for remote northern and First Nations communities that struggle with soaring power, heat and food costs.
Geothermal energy provides all of these benefits—plus the smallest environmental footprint of any electricity and heat source, period.
At the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), they have set a goal to bring 5,000 megawatts of this clean renewable power onto Canadian grids by the year 2025. If that sounds like a modest goal, consider that the current installed total capacity of geothermal power in Canada is zero.
That’s right, there is not a single geothermal power plant operating anywhere in the country.
The truth is, Canadian governments have largely ignored and shut out geothermal power and heat from energy conversations. For all of the above-cited reasons, that needs to change.
As has already happened in other industries such as wind, solar and oil & gas, CanGEA needs policies such as government grants, feed-in-tariffs and renewable portfolio standards just to get the industry started. Canada would not have an oil sands sector today without the significant early support that governments provided to get that industry off the ground. It’s the same thing here.
Once Canada’s geothermal energy industry develops and becomes self-sustaining, these programs become unnecessary, and would be phased out. There is enough geothermal power and heat potential in Canada for the industry to flourish; it will not need to rely on these programs for long. But it does need them to start.
And you can help.
Last month, CanGEA launched the powEARTHful crowdfunding campaign. CanGEA is looking to raise $50,000 to undertake critical policy and government relations work. We invite you to make a donation today, to help us over this hump and give geothermal its day in the sun.
It’s time to bring on a different kind of energy future for Canada—a future that should include geothermal.
Source: Alison Thompson via Clean Energy Canada
Recently held Praxisforum Geothermie Bayern, a workshop for the geothermal industry in German state Bavaria, highlighted current issues faced by geothermal developers in Germany.
With an unclear status on the renewable energy law in Germany, which details feed-in-tariffs for renewables including geothermal, investments of several hundreds of EUR have been postponed until a new federal government has been formed in Germany.
So while in the short term nothing will change for geothermal in the medium term, the sector will have to look at direct marketing of power produced from geothermal plants. There were though voices at the event that said that this might in itself provide an opportunity as selling power locally might be profitable and improve levels of acceptance with the local population as value is created on site and will remain in the municipalities of the plants.
The workshop on ” pumps in geothermal energy .”, saw strong interest.
About 50 participants discussed with representatives of Flowserve , Bestec , Canadian Advanced and KSB about the specifications of the respective pumps and the challenges of large installation depths and flow rates . Manufacturers presented very different approaches to the problem.
According to the manufacturers installation for depths of up to 760 meters are possible.
The event was organized by German Agency Enerchange for the first time this year with the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs as patron of the event and local municipalities as supporters.
Details about the event can be found here: www.praxisforum-geothermal-bayern.de (in German)
Following a statement done by the Energy Minister of Dominica, Mr. Rayburn Blackmore, there will be more drilling done this month in the country. Iceland Drilling company has already arrived in the country and is expected to start operations as soon as possible. This same company is also drilling wells for Montserrat’s geothermal project.
The drilling is focused on production wells and the country is looking at a 15 MW power plant in the Roseau Valley, according to the CaribJournal. Mr. Blackmore also explained that “We believe that in the first instance once we can get to the 15 mega watt power plant we will see a reduction of 15-40% in the light bills of consumers and it will be much easier for businesses to really operate in Dominica and at the same time we will be pursuing our long-term goal to constructing a bigger plant of a 120 mega watts”
There is $11.5 million secured in grant funding obtained by the Government and an extra $8 million by the French Government.
Today, ThinkGeoEnergy introduced its new Think GEOENERGY Magazine to representatives of the Icelandic geothermal energy sector.
As part of the event, we introduced ThinkGeoEnergy its background and offerings and the new Think GEOENERGY Magazine.
We then presented an overview on global geothermal development and the opportunities for the Icelandic geothermal sector. A discusssion then centered around marketing needs and the positioning of the sector to remain relevant in a more and more competitive market environment.
With Issue 2 of the Magazine we are planning to have Iceland as the country focus and will work with companies of the sector here in the coming weeks for a planned publication of issue 2 of the magazine in the spring of 2014.
To subscribe to the magazine use link below:www.thinkgeoenergy.com/magazine
As part of a larger strategic review on the company and its geothermal activities, Australian Hot Rock Ltd. reports now that it “has signed a binding letter of offer (LOO) for the potential sale of the Company’s stake in the Quellaapacheta project and for some or all of HRL’s remaining Chilean and Peruvian assets along with drill casing owned by HRL. Any sale which may arise will be subject to amongst other things, satisfactory completion of due diligence by EDC and approval of HRL shareholders if required.
EDC and HRL have under the potential offer terms entered a period of exclusivity with a view to negotiating the final terms of a sale agreement in the near term, acceptable to both parties and consistent with the LOO.
The sale of the 125 square kilometre Quellaapacheta concession is subject to a complete due diligence process by EDC and approval of HRL shareholders.
Hot Rock holds the Achumani and Huisco projects in Peru as well as the Longavi and Copahue projects in Chile. Some or all these assets may be included in the sale.
The state of New South Wales is planning to conduct a drilling program to assess the state’s geothermal energy potential, as reported from Australia.
It is planned to drill core holes in the western region of the state about two-and-a-half kilometres into the earth near Cobar and Wilcannia during the next four months. There currently is little information available about the geology of western New South Wales, so a spokesperson for the State’s Deparmtent of Trade and Investment.
Two sites have been chosen for the collection of basic geological information to determine which if any have some heat sources deep in the rock formations. It will also be tested for the possibility for carbon dioxide storage.
The department will now hold community meetings in the local communities.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Deputy Premier of Caribbean island state of Nevis, Mark Brantley talks the ambitious plans of the island to change its complete energy supply to geothermal.
In a first stage it is planned to utilize geothermal resources of the island to supply power to all homes and businesses in Nevis, and later supply sufficient electricity to change its car fleet to electric vehicles.
“Once the system is running we could also lay undersea cables to nearby islands like St Barts, St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla and Antigua, helping reduce other Caribbean islands’ dependence on fossil fuels,” said the Premier.
In his capacity he is overseeing the project and hopes to announce a contract for the new geothermal plant in October 2013.
Interesting enough, Nevis is supposedly one of the more unspoilt destinations in the Caribbean. The reasons named are planning laws banning construction of structures higher than coconut palms and a ban on development of fast-food chains.
The article particularly mentions that Nevis has been a favourite vacation spot for celebrities including Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook; actor Michael Douglas; and music star Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce.
The island features a number of luxury resorts, which could could become green resorts running on renewable power. There are also hopes that through geothermal power, the cost of energy for its 12,000 residents could be decreased.
Currently all electricity is derived from an oil-fired power station.
Source: The Sunday Times via The Australian
Mexxus RG, a joint venture formed by Mexxus Drilling International and Reykjavik Geothermal. Mexxus RG just got awarded a Geothermal Resources License to develop the Ceboruco Geothermal Prospect, in the Western portion of the Mexican Volcanic belt in the state of Nayarit.
Mexxus Drilling is a Mexican leading geothermal drilling services provider with on-going activity and experience primarily in support of CFE’s geothermal activities in Mexico.
Reykjavik Geothermal is a globally active geothermal developer whose management team members each have 20 or more years of experience in geothermal development in Iceland and geothermal regions around the world. The project will be divided in two phases; Phase # 1 will be that of 30MW and Phase# 2 will be that o 70 MW.
The company has plans to begin the exploratory drilling phase in the first trimester of 2014. The Ceboruco Geothermal Concession is the first geothermal IPP in the history of Mexico.
Source: Company release by email.
Reported this morning from Djibout, the World Bank and Djibouti have signed an agreement to explore geothermal energy in the country.
“Financing agreements signed today between the World Bank Group and Djibouti will launch a project to tap into Djibouti’s volcanic riches as a source of geothermal power. IDA, the Bank’s arm for the world’s poorest countries, will provide a US$6 million highly concessional credit to the Geothermal Power Generation Project, which has the potential to reduce energy costs and boost access to electricity for all its citizens.
The credit and grant agreements were signed by Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Djibouti’s Minister of Finance and Economy, and Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa region.
“Geothermal energy can play an important role in Djibouti’s energy policy which is to reach 100 percent green energy by 2020.” said Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Djibouti’s Minister of Finance and Economy. “All our citizens should have access to a reliable and affordable source of electricity, which is crucial for the development of the economy and the well-being of our citizens.”
The project will support Djibouti in assessing the commercial viability of the geothermal resource in Fiale Caldera within the Lake Assal region. The development of geothermal generation capacity could help Djibouti fully meet its peak demand, alleviate energy dependency and reduce electricity production costs by 70 percent. Clean geothermal energy would also mean a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a healthier environment for the population.
“We worked very closely with a number of our development partners to make this project a reality,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. “Thanks to this collaboration, we believe that bringing cutting-edge technology in geothermal exploration to Djibouti can be a true game changer.”
The project, which has total financing of $31 million, will also be supported by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the African Development Bank (through the African Development Fund), the Danish Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, and the Agence Française de Développement. The Government of Djibouti will also contribute US$500 thousand.
This project is financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) which was established in 1960 to help the world’s poorest countries by providing interest-free loans (called ‘credits’) and grants that fund projects to boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 82 poorest countries. Resources from IDA bring positive change to 2.5 billion people living on less than two dollars a day. Since 1960 IDA has supported development work in 108 countries. Annual commitments have increased steadily and averaged around US$15 billion over the last three years.
The World Bank Group also channeled contributions from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP) through the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). These two Trust Funds, managed by the World Bank Group, are providing grants of US$6.04 and US$ 1.1 million in support to the project.”
Source: Release via 4-Traders
The rather long an unpleasant story of getting geothermal development started in the U.S. territory of the Northern Marianas in the Pacific, Australian KUTh Energy received another blow after having initially won a tender for a geothermal project on this small island state.
In 2012, KUTh Energy ”bagged the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s bid to develop geothermal energy on Saipan, only for that same request for proposal to be cancelled months later.
Now the Office of the Public Auditor has rejected Australian-based KUTh Energy’s request for reconsideration of a decision to cancel a request for proposal for geothermal energy development on Saipan.
The Capital Improvement Project Office—not CUC—issued a new RFP later on, but for geothermal consulting services.
It is hard to grab what actually has been going on, but in essence it seems some politics at place that delay or possibly even stop geothermal activities in the Marianas altogether. This is a shame since there was U.S. funding available for some work, but it seems now some fossil fuel based energy generation is preferred.
“Having considered all legal and factual arguments set forth by KUTh, and discussed in detail below, OPA hereby denies KUTh’s request and affirms OPA Appeal Decision BP-A075,” OPA said in an Oct. 2 decision by legal counsel James W. Taylor and concurred by Public Auditor Michael Pai.
KUTh’s request provides four factual and legal grounds for review. These include OPA’s failure to address CUC’s failure to negotiate and act in good faith, and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that CUC failed to act and negotiate in good faith, if not bad faith.
The other two are OPA’s failure to provide KUTh a copy of the CIP Office’s June 18, 2013, response for comment as required and requested by KUTh, and CUC—through the governor—allegedly acted in bad faith when it negotiated with another independent power producer at the same time they were negotiating with KUTh.
OPA said that without evidence of bad faith, OPA will not attribute improper motives to government officials based on inferences or suppositions.
It also said that without some proof that the government intentionally strung KUTh along or intentionally misled KUTh with full knowledge that the government had no intention of pursuing any geothermal energy exploration project, such allegations do not rise to the level of bad faith.
OPA said the pursuit of multiple projects at the same time, even if mutually exclusive, does not per se equate to bad faith.
“KUTh’s failure to point out any evidence of bad faith behind the decision to cancel the -048 RFP and the fact that the government subsequently solicited a similar, but substantively different, geothermal exploration solicitation, with the -024 RFP, eliminates any cause for OPA to question the government’s cancellation of the -048 RFP,” OPA said.
CUC issued a notice of intent to award a contract to KUTh on Jan. 27, 2012, for geothermal energy development.
Eight months later, former lieutenant governor and now governor, Eloy S. Inos, told CUC in a letter that the specifications for the geothermal project were being restructured.
The administration said at the time they would like to separate the drilling exploration from production, which they communicated with KUTh.”
Source: Saipan Tribune via EIN News
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Stanford University has opened its Call for Papers with the possibility of abstract submission is now open for the 2014 Stanford Geothermal Workshop.
The 2014 Stanford Geothermal Workshop will take place February 24-26, 2014 at Stanford University in California, U.S.
Abstracts need to be submitted by Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
For submission details see link below.
Main topics for the 2014 Workshop are:
- Case Studies: reservoir response to production, effects of injection, scaling characteristics
- Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS): current and future activities
- Engineering Techniques: reservoir simulation, empirical methods, well tests, tracers
- Field Management: strategies for exploitation, injection, scale inhibition
- Exploration: geophysics, geochemistry, geology, heat flow studies, outflows
- Drilling and Well Bore Flows: well stimulation, bore flow modeling, hydro-fracturing, scaling
- Low Enthalpy Systems: applications of heat pumps, hot dry rock technology
- Geosciences: application of geophysics, geochemistry, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
Following similar agreements with Japan (reported here in May 2013), China’s state oil company Sinopec (reported here in 2012), Turkey (reported here) and other nations and agencies, it is now reported that Djibouti and Mexico have signed “an agreement to cooperate in the energy sector, more particularly in the geothermal sector.
The agreement was signed in Djibouti earlier this week by Djibouti’s Energy Minister Ali Yacoub Mahamoud and Mexico’s Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell.
The agreement provides that the two countries will cooperate in four areas: exploration of geothermal resources and development of conceptual models in the geothermal sector, the engineering skills in exploration of wells, supply of technology for testing of fluids and the development of geothermal sites including full utilization of electric energy produced by geothermal firms.
The Djiboutian minister said the signing of the agreement with Mexico, the world’s third largest power in the geothermal sector, is in line with Djibouti’s energy development program.
He told Xinhua that the country had placed the development of its geothermal potential at the top of its priorities to ensure the country achieves energy independence soon.
“Our country, which currently uses 65 percent of hydroelectric energy that is supplied from neighboring Ethiopia, intends to be the first African country to use 100 percent green energy by the year 2020,” Mahamoud concluded.
Djibouti’s geothermal potential is estimated to be 1,000 MW.”
Source: Coast Week
Today, Green Energy Group AS, a provider of turnkey flash type modular geothermal wellhead power plants, announces it was named in the prestigious 2013 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, a global market intelligence and consulting firm helping executives connect with innovation.
The Global Cleantech 100 list is unique because it highlights the promise of private clean technology companies from all around the world, focusing on those companies which the players in the market feel are currently the most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next 5-10 years.
“We are honored being listed among such a prestigious group of cleantech companies as the only geothermal company this year. With the development of our modular geothermal wellhead power plants, we are addressing a crucial element in geothermal development worldwide, namely allowing for a cost effective rapid deployment and earlier power online utilizing individual geothermal wells.” said Terje Laugerud, Chief Executive Officer of Green Energy Group AS.
“Our company is currently constructing 10 geothermal wellhead plants for Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) in Kenya, with the first already operating since the second quarter of 2012 and the second and third one to bring power online later this year.” so Laugerud.
The list is derived from Cleantech Group’s own data and research, combined with the weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations, and the viewpoints of a global 90-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.
“The Global Cleantech 100 is a natural extension of our vision to help corporations and investors connect with innovation around the world,” said Sheeraz Haji, CEO of Cleantech Group. “This list celebrates inspiring entrepreneurs, and serves as the industry standard on gauging where innovation is headed across key sectors.”
5,864 companies were nominated this year from 60 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 300 companies. Vital information on these short-listed companies—including key data from Cleantech Group’s i3 platform—was presented to the expert panel for final input. The end result was 100 companies from 18 countries.
The 90-member expert panel was drawn principally from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations, located in Asia, Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel is created to be broadly representative of the global cleantech community, and includes pioneers, leaders, veterans, and new entrants in cleantech. This diversity results in a list of companies that command a broad base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.
“The composition of the 2013 Global Cleantech 100 represents a distinct shift in thinking from deal-makers in the marketplace,” said Richard Youngman, Cleantech Group’s Managing Director, Europe & Asia. “Fifty-one new entrants and noticeable shifts in sub-sectors and company types commanding the broadest level of support speak to a transition of opinion of which types of companies deal-makers believe today are the most likely to have significant market impact in a 5-10 year timeframe.”
Disclaimer: the author is an employee of Green Energy Group
Initial feedback from our readers through our Annual Reader Survey, if you haven’t filled it out you should, gives us some interesting things to think about.
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