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Fiji continues exploration of geothermal potential

Savusavu hot spring, Fiji (source: flickr/ jasabout, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 7 Aug 2011

The country of Fiji still has to establish if it has the appropriate resources for geothermal development, but early exploration results are promising and development could happen soon.

It has been reported before that there is some geothermal exploration work done in Fiji in the Pacific.

The country’s  “Mineral Resources Department is yet to establish if Fiji has the appropriate amount of geothermal energy to begin mining”, according to Mineral Resource Mining Manager Venasio Nasar.

Nasara says exploration work is continuing at various sites and there are other feasibility studies are on-going.

He says from the results obtained so far, things are looking promising and if the drilling program is successful, mining will start soon.

Nasara says exploration work is expensive but once mining starts it can rake in a lot of money.

The geothermal program is part of government’s efforts to increase renewable resources that will help in reducing the amount of money spent on diesel fuel.

Fiji is one of the hottest geothermal sites in the world because of its location on the Pacific Rim.”

Source: Radio Fiji