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Oil drilling possible 'trigger' for deadly Italy quakes

Italy's Emilia-Romagna region on Tuesday suspended new drilling as it published a report that warned that hydrocarbon exploitation may have acted as a "trigger" in twin earthquakes that killed 26 people in 2012. The scientific report was commissioned after the quakes amid popular anger over alleged links to drilling activities, particularly an oil field, a gas storage facility and a geothermal energy plant in the area. The report said that activity at the Mirandola oil fields "may have contributed to trigger the Emilia seismic activity" although it did not "induce" it.

Nova Scotia town of Springhill gets approval to proceed with geothermal program

SPRINGHILL, N.S. - Nova Scotia's first municipal geothermal program, which will use underground water as an energy source, has been granted final approval. Provincial Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill signed a lease to proceed with the project in Springhill. Under the program, geothermal heat will be absorbed by mine water, which can be as much as 11 degrees Celsius higher than normal groundwater temperatures. The water will be pumped to the surface and its heat extracted for energy before that water is returned underground to be reheated naturally.

Lockheed signs deal to design largest ocean thermal electric plant

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin signed a contract on Wednesday to design the biggest power station fueled by differences in ocean temperatures, a 10-megawatt plant that would provide electricity for a new Asian resort.

Ethiopia to get $4 billion investment for leap into geothermal power

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has signed a preliminary agreement with a U.S.-Icelandic firm for a $4 billion private sector investment intended to tap its vast geothermal power resources and help it become a major exporter of energy for East Africa. Reykjavik Geothermal, whose Icelandic geothermal expertise is backed by U.S. investors, signed a deal with Ethiopia on Wednesday to construct a 1,000 MW geothermal power plant, Africa's largest, in the volcanically active Rift Valley.

10 firms plan to build one of Japan's largest geothermal plants

Ten companies including Idemitsu Kosan Co. and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. later this month will start a full-fledged study on a plan to build one of Japan's largest geothermal power plants, government officials said Friday. The capacity of the plant in a national park in Fukushima Prefecture is estimated at 270,000 kilowatts, equivalent to about half the total capacity of existing geothermal power plants in Japan. The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to subsidize the study, the officials said.

Geothermal exploration causes quake in Switzerland

Geothermal exploration was the likely cause of a 3.6 magnitude earthquake Saturday in northeastern Switzerland, authorities said. Further seismic activity cannot be ruled out in the region in the coming days, the seismology department of the Zurich Federal Polytechnic School (EPFZ) said in a statement. Experts "manually" recorded Saturday's quake at 5:30 am (0330 GMT) at a depth of four kilometres (2.5 miles) near the city of St Gallen.

Nova Scotia town to launch geothermal project using water from old mine sites

SPRINGHILL, N.S. - The Nova Scotia town of Springhill has been given permission to use underground water as an energy source in what the provincial government says is the first municipal geothermal program in the province. The government says Springhill can tap into water sources at old mining sites in the area. Officials estimate there's an estimated 49 billion litres of water there — the equivalent of about 19,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

World Bank to raise $500 mn for geothermal energy

The World Bank launched a fund in Reykjavik on Wednesday to come up with $500 million for developing geothermal energy in developing countries. "Geothermal energy could be a triple win for developing countries: clean, reliable, locally produced power," Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in a statement. "At least forty countries have enough geothermal potential to meet a significant proportion of their electricity demand," the bank said, citing Kenya and Indonesia as pioneers in developing geothermal resources.
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