New geothermal find bared

by Alena Mae S. Flores, 26 March 2015
from Manila Standard Today

The Philippines will have a new geothermal power plant, after Emerging Power Inc., a renewable energy company led by businessman Antonio Zamora, found an exploration site in Oriental Mindoro province capable of producing 40 megawatts of power.

EMI said contractor Quest Exploration Drilling Philippines Inc. successfully conducted exploration drilling of its well pads in the Montelago geothermal project in Oriental Mindoro.

EPI tapped the expertise of QED-Philippines to help in the initial drilling stage of the $185-million geothermal plant in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

“We are pleased by the success of our exploration drilling work in Nauhan. It shows we have the geothermal resources needed to produce close to our target of 40 MW power. With one more geothermal plant rising, the country is well on the way to becoming one of the world’s leading sources of clean geothermal power,” Zamora, EPI chairman, said in a statement.

Zamora said QED, working with the Iceland Geosurvey and the Magister Geothermal Program of the Institute Teknologi Bandung as geothermal consultants, undertook diggings of two small holes, with one 1,200 meters deep and another 1,250 meters deep, and measured at a temperature of 181 centigrade, or “more than the 170 C we originally estimated.”

“We were able to start flow testing last Wednesday. Because of this successful small hole drilling, EPI expects to award the production well drilling soon,” Zamora said.

Antonie de Wilde, the Dutch chief technical officer of EPI, said in a report to the company that based on “flow testing obtained during the last days, we are very pleased to confirm that our earlier assessment of a reservoir with the capacity to generate a minimum of 35 to 40 MW [net], is now confirmed with actual measured data.”

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