26 Aug '13, 2pm

Zambia Targets Geothermal Power to Plug Energy Gap

Zambia Targets Geothermal Power to Plug Energy Gap

“We are looking at the sedimentary basin, which in the U.S. context might have the capacity of 100 to 1,000 megawatts,” he said. The Geothermal Energy Association says the U.S. produces 3,187 megawatts of capacity from this source. Kalahari drilled its first well in Zambia’s Southern province Aug. 12 and “interpretation should be complete by end of December,” according to Vivian-Neal. Zambia, where Vedanta Resources Plc, Glencore Xstrata Plc and Barrick Gold Corp. operate mines, has a power deficit of 180 megawatts and electricity cuts are common as state-owned supplier Zesco Ltd. struggles to keep pace with growing demand. Zesco plans to spend about $5 billion to increase generation capacity and Nava Bharat Singapore Pte Ltd. is spending $750 million on a coal-fired plant in Southern Province. The country has capacity to produce about 2,000 megawatts of power, almost all ...

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