Nicaragua seeks offers for geothermal development

Nicaragua will auction concessions to extract energy from the San Cristóbal Volcano, which has the most energy potential of the 12 geothermal sites in the country.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The government will consider offers until July 31, according to a press release on the Energy Ministry's web site.
Energy Minister Emilio Rappacioli told national legislators that the government is working on plans to move to 100 percent alternative energy within the next five years.
The San Cristóbal Volcano alone has a potential of 225 megawatts, enough to supply half of Nicaragua's present energy needs, the ministry said.

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