Another Geothermal Field in El Salvador

After an initial phase of exploration in Chinameca, San Miguel, LaGeo is to start feasibility studies for a 50 MW plant.

Monday, August 12, 2013

"The whole project takes four years from drilling up until it is exploited, depending on the soil type you have. We believe that it will be functioning by 2016 or 2017," said the president of the geothermal power generation company (LaGeo), Julio Valdivieso.

"The hardest thing is to explore because you dont know, the geological risk is so high that you dont know what you will find, and this (phase) usually lasts two or three years," said Valdivieso. This well in Chinameca and San Vicente could generate at least 50 megawatts which would add to the energy obtained with the geothermal energy.

The official from LaGeo added that in the future it envisages maintaining and improving the productivity of existing plants such as the one in Ahuachapán which has been operational for 36 years. "You have several options: new wells, improving what we already have, reinjection, because before sea water was sent in, now it is being re-injected" he said.

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El Salvador's Geothermal Potential

August 2013

With an investment of $1.5 billion El Salvador could add 440 MW to the 204 MW already produced with geothermal energy sources.

The projections were made by Julio Valdivieso, president of the company LaGeo . Furthermore, Toshitaka Takeuchi, energy specialist at the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), said El Salvador could generate up to 644 megawatts (440 megawatts more than it already has as installed capacity).

New Geothermal Well in El Salvador

May 2013

LaGeo could exploit geothermal energy in a new well located in San Vicente, generating 30 to 40 megawatts.

The company LaGeo invested about $24 million in the exploration which led to the discovery of the new geothermal source.

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Investment in Geothermal Exploration Announced

January 2012

LaGeo, the company dedicated to power generation, has announced an investment of $41 million in geothermal exploration in El Salvador.

The exploration will be directed specifically towards the fields of Chinameca and San Vicente, over which the company holds a concession, announced its president Julio Valdivieso.

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