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Yemen opens tenders for geothermal exploration well

Sana'a Old City, Yemen (source: flickr/eesti, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 24 Aug 2010

With the support by the United Nations and organizations in Italy and Germany, the country of Yemen might see its first geothermal exploration well drilled after a recent tender.

Yemen might see its first geothermal exploration with a recent tender for an exploration well. According to local news, “envelopes of tenders were opened on Tuesday for drilling the first exploratory well of the geothermal energy in Yemen, in Allisi area in Dhamar province.

This tender comes within the geothermal energy project to assess the geothermal energy resources for utilizing them for power generation in collaboration with the Energy Research Center in Italy and the Natural Sciences Institute in Germany, with funding from the Global Environment Unit of the United Nations.

Chairman of the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board (GSMRB) Islmail al-Janad explained to Saba that the board has begun the implementation of the project.

He pointed out that the board carried out a survey to all those places where geothermal energy sources in Yemen, which amounted to about 100 places, and collected samples of hot water and gas that were chemically analyzed at the Italian University of Florence during 2001-2006.

“The project of thermal energy conducted, during 2007-2010, geological, geothermal, geophysical and geochemical studies and measured Radon gas and prepared hydrological and hydro geological report in the first promising area in Allisi area in Dhamar”, al-Janad said.

The results of this drilling will be an opportunity for Yemen to enter within the global project for exploration of thermal energy, which is supported by donors and to access to greater support for drilling other exploratory wells.”

Source: Saba News