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DOE to conduct geothermal assessment on Puerto Princesa hot spring areas PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 September 2007

Sta. Lourdes View DeckPUERTO PRINCESA --The Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Survey Team will conduct a geothermal assessment of the Sta. Lucia and Sta. Lourdes hot spring areas in this highly urbanized city starting on Sept. 5.

Energy geologist, Dr. Jose Antonio Socrates, said a geothermal assessment will be on a feasibility study for a 10-megawatt geothermal or other renewable energy fueled power generating plant in Sta. Lourdes.

Socrates said it also assess the utilization of the Sta. Lourdes Geothermal Resource for health and medical tourism for other non-power uses.

Non-power users are Puerto Princesa International Medical Center, Rehabilitation and Balneo Therapy Health Spa, International Retirement Village, Mango Fruit Drying Facility and Jatropha Seedling Bank.

The Sta. Lucia hotspring, located more than 20 kilometers south from this city, has a temperature of about 44-56 degree celcius.

The spring is located in a vast city-owned coastal Environmental Estate that offers excellent view of an adjacent forest, mountains and sea.

The Environmental Estate is expected to serve as a springboard for economic growth and a vehicle for environmental conservation.

Meanwhile, the Sta. Lourdes hot spring is hot enough for a binary system for power generation, although Socrates said it would need up to at least a billion pesos to start the power project.(PNA)


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