Friday, October 20, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

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Monday, October 16
Indonesia: 500 kW Lahendong Organic Rankine Cycle Geothermal Power Plant Commissioned - The first geothermal low-temperature demonstration power plant in Indonesia has been successfully commissioned in the Lahendong geothermal field near Pangolombian, North Sulawesi.

Australia: Winton Geothermal Power Plant to Open in December - In a pioneering move, Winton Shire Council is on the verge of opening Australia’s largest geothermal energy plant, which will power the town’s key council buildings and potentially the whole community, bringing savings of up to $15 million in energy consumption.

Tuesday, October 17
Denmark: Additional Injector Well Drilled at 7 MWth Thisted Geothermal Plant - The Thisted-5 geothermal well has just been successfully drilled and completed to a depth of 1,170 metres.

USA, California: Wildfire Near The Geysers Geothermal Field Being Contained - The Pocket fire, burning to the south-west of The Geysers geothermal field, is now 58% contained. The fire continues to progress to the north. Crews continue to make progress and increase containment.

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Wednesday, October 18
France: Geothermal District Heating Project Starts Up Near Strasborg - Construction has started on a geothermal power plant in Illkirch-Graffenstaden, a suburb of Strasbourg. Led by the Electricité de Strasbourg (ES) group, drilling should reach between 3,500 and 5,000 meters.

USA: Geothermal Can Compete with Solar PV - Ormat Director - In 2017, for the first time, the combined energy and capacity values of geothermal energy significantly exceeded the value of solar photovoltaic resources in California.

Iceland: 23 Graduates from Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University - The 39th session of the Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP) closed on Friday 13th of October, with 23 UNU Fellows in the six month specialized courses.

Thursday, October 19
USA, California: Surprise Valley Hot Springs Geothermal Power Plant to be Installed Next Month - The engine has been built to specifications and is currently undergoing testing; customer installation is scheduled in November.

USA: New Geothermal Payor Handbooks Offers Guidance for Royalty Valuation Procedures - BLM sets the lease terms such as royalties and rentals while ONRR collects these payments and disburses them to the U.S. Treasury, states, and counties.

Friday, October 20
USA: Funding Opportunity for Subsurface Geothermal R&D Technologies - Up to $150,000 is available in Phase I, up to $1 Million in Phase II for projects researching Subsurface Permeability Manipulation And Fluid Control.

Djibouti: Grant Made Available for Surface Geothermal Exploration Study - The total grant amounts to USD 959,687 and represents 80% of the total cost estimated to USD 1.2 million for the surface study located on a broad valley lying on the Gulf of Tadjoura approximately 30 km east of the Djibouti City.

Kenya: Tender Issued for Bank Support of Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for Menengai Project - Quantam Power East Africa to begin construction of a 35 MW power plant at Menengai in February 2018.

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