Monday, June 25, 2018

Philippines: Government to Survey Possible Geothermal Energy Resources in Central Luzon

DOE to check geothermal energy viability in 3 Cordillera communities (Philippine Information Agency)

The Philippines Department of Energy is set to  conduct a study on the geothermal energy potential  in  three communities in the region.

The Buguias – Tinoc and Tuba-Pugo  geothermal fields are DOE’s  study projects along with   Mt. Malindang in Misamis Occidental; Mt. Sembrano in Rizal; Mati – Lupon Tarragona and Coron,  Palawan geothermal fields.

DOE – REMB Geothermal Energy Management Division Chief Engr. Ariel Fronda  said the geothermal energy potential study they will be conducting will only include a geological and geochemical survey.  This means  that  they will only be collecting rock, soil and water sample for laboratory testing and when results warrant a geophysical testing, they will again meet and talk with local stakeholders for such purpose.

He  disclosed  that aside from confirming if their area is a possible geothermal energy resource , the study will also provide information on how the localities and stakeholders can better manage the presence of geothermal resources, as well as on the possible threat it may bring, if there may be.