Volume 1, Number 3
July 31, 2000
A compilation of recent geothermal resource assessments for China, Poland, and Turkey, plus the second edition of the Geothermal Financing Workbook, are available to the U.S. geothermal industry on CD-ROM or via download from Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). The reports are:
To obtain a copy of the compilation report (Number INEEL/EXT-2000-844) on CD-ROM, contact Joseph Keller of INEEL (Tel: 208-526-1533).
The compilation report may also be downloaded from INEEL by searching under "INEEL Technical Reports & Conference Paper Preprints," and from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and Technical Information (OSTI).
The report, using information collected in an extensive data and Internet search dating back to 1972, includes detailed information on geothermal resources ranging in temperature from a low of 10ºC at Héviz to a high of 254ºC at Fábiánsebestyén. Seven sites have a temperature of at least 100ºC: Szentes, Szarvas, Álmosd, Mélykút-Pusztamérges, Oros, Nagyszénás-Fábiánsebestyén, and Algyõ.
The report also includes information on Hungary's power sector, its efforts to privatize, its future accession to the European Union, and legislation relevant to the development of geothermal power.
To obtain a copy of Geothermal Resources in Hungary in PDF format, contact Liz Battocletti.
All reports were prepared for INEEL and the U.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Geothermal and Wind Technologies.
The governmental Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a loan agreement totaling US$ 71 million with Constructora Geotermoeléctrica de Pacifico S.A. de C.V. (CGP) to finance a private geothermal power plant in Mexico.
CGP is a wholly owned subsidiary established in Mexico by Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. to implement the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Project.
The loan is being co-financed with BNP Paribas of France and ING Bank of the Netherlands, with JBIC assuming 60% of the total amount. It will be used to procure equipment services from Mitsubishi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for the project. The project will build a geothermal power plant some 30 kilometers southeast of Mexicali in Cerro Prieto on the Baja California Peninsula. The plant will be leased to Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) for 15 years.
Mexico has been promoting private participation in electric power projects as electricity demand in the country is expected to grow 5.8% annually through 2007.
The JBIC, the product of last October's merger of the Export-Import Bank of Japan and the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund, is Japan's main foreign aid agency.
Source: TOKYO, 29 June (Kyodo)
The European Investment Bank (EIB) granted a loan in 1999 of EUR 41 million (US$ 38.7 million) to Kenya for the construction of sub-stations and transmission lines for the Olkaria II geothermal power plant.
According to Permanent Secretary of the Energy Ministry Mwanyengela Ngali, Kenya has a geothermal power generation potential of over 2,000 MWe.
Created in 1958 and headquartered in Luxembourg, the EIB is the European Unions (EU) long-term lending institution. The EIB supports projects in both EU and non-EU countries. It lent more than EUR 4 million to the latter in 1999. The EIB also financed the third unit of the existing Olkaria I Power Plant built in 1985 at a cost of approximately US$ 2 million.
Forced to ration power since September 1999, Kenya has a critical need for immediate additional installed capacity. A 100-year drought has caused water levels to fall in the country's hydroelectric dams. The United Nations has issued an emergency appeal for $88 million to feed 3.3 million Kenyans threatened with starvation as the result of the drought.
Source: NAIROBI, 6 June (Xinhua News Agency)
Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) launched in June an international bid for a 100 MWe geothermal power project at Los Azufres. Located in Michoacan state, Los Azufres currently has a generating capacity of 93 MWe.
Actual construction will begin in mid- to late-2001, with commercial operation by mid-2003. The expansion is expected to cost 1.0 billion pesos (US$ 101 million). CFE will determine a winner sometime this year.
The expansion of the Los Azufres project is part of CFE's efforts to expand capacity to meet growing demand. Installed generation is now about 36,000 MWe. CFE's desired goal is 58,000 MWe by 2008.
Mexico's government has controlled the electricity industry since its nationalization in 1960, but in recent years has permitted private companies to build and operate power plants in exchange for pledges of investment.
Source: MEXICO CITY, 12 June (Reuters)
As of late June, private companies may now request licenses to exploit 120 geothermal energy resources in Chile, following the publication of the list in the country's federal register.
At the request of the Mines and Energy Ministry, the National Mining and Geology Service (Sernageomin) compiled the list from the country's 270 probable sources, assessed the sites' geothermal potential, and selected resources for private development under concession.
The published list includes resource locations, UTM vertex denomination, and surface or geographic areas. El Tatio in northern Chile's Region II is the geothermal resource with the greatest power generation potential, estimated at 50-100 MWe.
Chile has an estimated geothermal power generation potential of 2,350 MWe, according to the Preliminary Report: Geothermal Energy, The Potential for Clean Power from the Earth, issued by the Geothermal Energy Association.
To date, private companies have shown little interest in developing Chile's significant geothermal power generation potential since there was no legislation in place to safeguard their investments. The situation is now expected to change.
According to Sernageomin, a U.S. mission of geothermal specialists will visit Chile to explore the country's geothermal potential and stimulate exploitation of the country's geothermal resources.
There are currently no geothermal power projects in Chile. Any future projects would have to compete with existing generation on the interconnected grid.
The following projects are in various stages of development. Projects which have not been listed before are marked .
Sources: United Nations Development Business; the Infrastructure Division; the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Global Infrastructure Projects Database; others as noted.
At The Economist Conferences Turkish Energy Conference, you will have a unique opportunity to debate the future of this key economic sector. Respected by government, major companies and investors as the must attend energy conference, this strategic meeting will provide answers to the key questions every energy company must ask.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been pledged for infrastructure projects in electricity, oil and gas, rail, ports and waterways, airports, roads, and bridges. The conference is designed to help you take full advantage of these project opportunities.
Growth in power demands for sub-Saharan Africa is anticipated to increase by 3.6% annually over the period 1999-2020, with demand growth in some smaller countries exceeding 9-10%. This expansion translates to some 1600-2000 MWe per year of new capacity. Learn how you can benefit from these emerging opportunities. Hear regulatory updates on western and southern Africa
The purpose of this two-day event is to provide a forum under the U.S. Embassy's sponsorship for American suppliers of environmentally friendly energy related technologies to gain market exposure in Japan.
The conference will cover opportunities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and several Caribbean countries. Senior officials from the U.S. and project sponsors from the region will discuss upcoming developments in the energy sector from a business perspective and provide detailed information on more than 40 public and private-sector projects currently on the drawing boards.
This conference covers climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation.
The workshop will bring together engineers, scientists, and managers involved in geothermal reservoir studies and developments; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development, and use of geothermal resources; and enable the prompt and open reporting of progress.
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