SKOPJE (Macedonia), March 30 (SeeNews) – Czech renewable energy project developer Carbon Redux will draft a project for the use of geothermal waters for electricity production in eastern Macedonia, a Macedonian municipal official said on Monday.
The project design should be finished within three months and is worth 100,000 euro ($132,000), the head of municipal public company Geoterma Jordan Naunov told SeeNews over phone from the Kocani municipality, in eastern Macedonia. Geoterma is part of water utility company Vodovod in Kocani dealing in exploration, research and distribution of geothermal waters.
Carbon Redux will conduct drillings, which should determine the volume and temperature of geothermal waters in the southern part of the Kocani valley, Naunov added. The reserves of geothermal water in the region of Kocani are estimated at over 157 million cubic metres with temperature of over 70 C degrees.
In Macedonia, the use of geothermal waters for energy production is at an entry level. So far, geothermal waters have been used for spa tourism only. Besides the Kocani region, the area of the capital Skopje, as well as eastern and southern parts of the country around Kumanovo, Strumica, Stip and Gevgelija are rich in hot water springs.
Prague-based Carbon Redux is a trader in carbon emissions and developer of renewable energy projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The company, which also invests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, currently is involved in projects in Ukraine and Congo.
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