Russian government urges geothermal development on South Kuril Islands

Geothermal landscape and volcanic caldera, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia (source:
Alexander Richter 15 May 2011

Russian government urges geothermal development on the South Kuril Islands, in the far East of Russia, just north of Japan.

Reported from the far East of Russian, the Russian government is looking at “plans to grapple with developing geothermal energy in the South Kuril Islands, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters on Sunday.

Ivanov, who is currently on a working visit to South Kurils, called for the construction of geothermal power stations there, which he said could add significantly to tackling a whole array of energy problems in this Far Eastern region.

Separately, he said that the government had allocated 15 billion rubles for the development of infrastructure in the South Kuril Islands, where a host of new schools, hospitals and cultural facilities will be built in the coming years.”

Here an interesting document on “The Prospects of geothermal energy use inn the Kuril Islands” (PDF, Proceedings of the World Geothermal Congress 2005).

Source: The Voice of Russia