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Ormat completes grant process for Chile concession

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Alexander Richter 14 Dec 2010

Ormat Andina Energia completes official granting process for San Pablo II geothermal exploration concession in northern Chile and submits bid for additional exploration concession.

In a release, “Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Ormat Andina Energia Ltda., completed the official granting process for the 26,000 acre San Pablo II geothermal exploration concession in northern Chile.

Located north of the San Pablo/San Pedro twin volcanic complex, the concession is close to access roads and copper mines that could be potential offtakers for electricity generated by a power plant built on the property. The company will launch exploration testing and studies to assess the feasibility of the site for commercial development. Results from these tests will determine Ormat’s next steps including field development and application for an exploitation concession.

Earlier this year, the Chilean government established a goal for 20 percent of the country’s electricity matrix to be supplied by Non-Conventional Renewable Energy by the year 2020. While renewable energy currently accounts for approximately 3.5 percent of all energy used in Chile, the government also indicated new legislative initiatives and an allocation of resources, including funds, to reduce geothermal exploration risks.

Further demonstrating its support to the development of geothermal energy, last month the Chilean government initiated additional public tender for 20 new geothermal concessions. Ormat participated in the tender and submitted proposals for exploration concessions throughout the country. The tender results are expected by the end of February 2011.

If this concession and future opportunities succeed, Ormat will continue to add to the company’s diverse portfolio of activities in Latin America, as owner and operator of power plants as well as EPC and supplier of power plant equipment.

“With a large, untapped potential for geothermal energy, a supportive environment, strong demand for electricity and the mutual eagerness to increase Chile’s renewable portfolio, we are happy to expand our activities in Latin America,” said Yoram Bronicki, President and COO. “Our experience as a vertically integrated leader in geothermal technologies will prove beneficial to future development in Chile. We plan to continue to explore business opportunities in the country and take part in the necessary growth of its energy capacity.”

Source: Company release via PR Newswire