Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Chileans to Get a Taste of NZ Geothermal Expertise

MEDIA RELEASE from GNS Science, 9 NOVEMBER 2012

Chileans to Get a Taste of NZ Geothermal Expertise

GNS Science is taking its geothermal energy expertise to Chile next week where it will run workshops in computer modelling of geothermal fields for the geothermal industry in Chile.

The Chileans have asked for the two three-day workshops to learn to use a New Zealand-developed three-dimensional modelling software that improves the efficiency of developing and running geothermal energy fields.

Called Leapfrog Geothermal, the software was developed by Christchurch-based company ARANZ Geo with the support of GNS Science. It is fast becoming the worldwide industry standard software for geologists involved in geothermal development.

The courses are being run back-to-back in Santiago. The first is a general course open to industry and university personnel from throughout Chile, and the second is an in-house course being run for a Chilean geothermal energy company that has recently bought the Leapfrog software and wants its staff to become competent users.

“Both courses will involve a mix of abilities from first-time users to people who are already familiar with the software,” said GNS Science geothermal business development manager Andrea Blair.

GNS Science has run a number of the courses in New Zealand and in Indonesia. This will be the first time they have been offered in Chile. GNS Science has undertaken specialist consulting work for the geothermal industry in Chile for some years and the workshops are a continuation of existing relationships.

Geothermal modellers Samantha Alcaraz and Angela Prieto, both of Taupo, will use a generic geothermal field as an example during the workshops to provide realism for the participants.

Leapfrog Geothermal is a powerful software package that enables geologists to visualise the subsurface of geothermal fields from all angles to help with efficient decision-making at all stages field development from exploration of new fields to longterm management of existing fields.

“As Leapfrog Geothermal moves closer to becoming the global industry standard, more countries will be asking us to help with familiarisation with the software so they can get the most out of it,” Ms Blair said.

Chile had vast untapped geothermal energy fields and the Chileans were keen to draw on the expertise of New Zealand to help develop their indigenous energy resources, she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Housing: Affordability Drops 14%, Driven By Auckland Prices

Housing affordability across New Zealand fell 14 percent in the year ending November 2014, with Auckland’s lack of affordability set to reach levels it hit during the height of the global financial crisis, according to the latest Massey University Home Affordability Report More>>

ALSO:

The Dry: Fonterra Drops Forecast Milk Volumes By 3.3 Percent

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the worlds largest dairy exporter, reduced its milk volume forecast for the 2014-2015 season by 3.3 per cent due to the impact of dry weather on production in recent weeks. More>>

ALSO:

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news