The surface exploration on the Biliran geothermal working area is making good progress, Envent Holding Philippines Incorporated announced today.
The surface exploration programme is being performed by a group of sub-contractors, including Phoenix Geophysics of Canada and the Philippine geothermal consultancy Fedco. Under the programme more than 200 electromagnetical measurements (“TEM”/”MT”), as well as a range of geochemical measurements, will be made on the working area with the purpose of estimating the location and extent of sub-surface steam. Exploration activities and data processing are expected to be complete in March 2009. The exploration programme is essentially an extension of a surface exploration and exploration-drilling programme the Philippine geothermal power company PNOC-EDC performed in 1982. If the exploration is successful, the substantial data available will form a solid basis for further development and construction of the power plant.
Envent is currently working on several geothermal projects in the Philippines and is committed to contributing to the Philippine government’s target of an additional 1,200 MW of renewable energy by 2013. Envent’s key shareholders are Reykjavik Energy Invest and Geysir Green Energy, both global leaders in the renewable energy sector with a specific focus on geothermal energy. Both companies are based in Iceland where an impressive 100% of the power is derived from renewable sources (23% geothermal and 77% hydro).
The Biliran Geothermal Development Project is located on the island of Biliran in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. With a good connection to the national power grid, Biliran lies just a few kilometres north of the island of Leyte. One of the smallest provinces in Philippines, Biliran is 555km2, with a population of 140,000. Its capital is Naval. The mountainous island is considered a compound volcano with a single historic eruption in 1939. It is estimated that Biliran has at least 100 MW of geothermal energy.
Envent’s associate company Biliran Geothermal Incorporated will execute the upstream part of the project.
Gudmundur F. Sigurjonsson, President and Chief Executive, Envent:
We are pleased with the good progress that the surface exploration programme is making. Because of the drilling that PNOC-EDC did in 1982, the data that we will have available at the end of the current exploration programme will be much more substantial than is typical in projects of this sort. This will reduce our development risk as well as make the project more attractive to co-developers.
About Envent Holding Incorporated
Envent (www.envent-power.com) is a renewable energy business dedicated to the exploration of geothermal resources in the Philippines as well as to the development of geothermal power plants in the region. Envent is currently working on several geothermal projects and is committed to contributing to the Philippine government’s target of adding 1,200 MW of renewable power capacity by 2013. Envent’s key shareholders are Reykjavik Energy Invest and Geysir Green Energy, both global leaders in the development of the renewable energy sector, with a specific focus on geothermal energy. Both companies are based in Iceland, where an impressive 100% of the power capacity is derived from renewable sources (23% geothermal and 77% hydro).
About Geysir Green Energy
Geysir Green Energy (www.gge.is) is a leading developer in the geothermal industry, investing in development projects as well as geothermal operations. Since its foundation in January 2007 Geysir has invested around US$650 million in geothermal businesses and projects around the world. Building on the extensive experience from the Icelandic geothermal arena, Geysir has received significant attention within the industry and is being recognised as a serious and dynamic player in the field.
About Reykjavik Energy Invest
Reykjavik Energy Invest hf (REI) (www.rei.is) is Reykjavik Energy’s (Orkuveita Reykjavikur) (www.or.is) international business development and investment arm. REI is a global developer of geothermal power plants and geothermal-based district heating systems. The company focuses on creating partnerships to develop geothermal areas.
About Biliran Geothermal Incorporated
Biliran Geothermal Incorporated was specifically established to undertake upstream development activities on the island of Biliran in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Upstream geothermal activities include the exploration of geothermal areas, well field construction and the extraction of steam from the area. The company is owned by Filtech Energy Drilling Corp (Fedco) and Envent Holding Philippines.