June News

High heat-flow from fractured geothermal reservoir rocks in the Philippines

More research on fractured reservoirs just published in the Journal of the Geological Society, London. The latest paper is from Loraine Pastoriza’s PhD work to characterise fracture attributes in a geothermal reservoir at Southern Negros in the Philippines. Situated on an active plate margin, the high heat flow in the Philippines is a viable geothermal energy source that is already producing electrical energy at several plants throughout the country.

Of course, a potential downside in areas of active tectonism is the increased seismic and volcanic hazard. We are currently instrumenting geothermal plants at a number of locations with our low-cost GNSS units to provide 24/7 ground motion monitoring.