New Zealand research institute GNS Science is teaming up with Philippine geothermal firm Energy Development Corp to work on geothermal projects across a number of markets.
The partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Manila this week, which extends the scope of a previous geothermal pact to new initiatives, such as modelling of geothermal reservoirs, management of databases, and assessment of new geothermal fields in their home countries.
EDC will also back GNS Science’s plan to establish a regional research institute in the town of Taupo which will operate to gather funding and expertise from many countries, while engaging in geothermal development in New Zealand and throughout the Pacific.
EDC owns and operates 1,130 MW of installed geothermal capacity. GNS Science, meanwhile, has been involved in the development of several major fields in the Philippines.
GNS signed another MOU in July with Japan with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC).
New Zealand has identified geothermal energy as an area in which the country has particular expertise, and with Government support it is now seeking to export its knowledge.