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Report of “JAPAN-NEW ZEALAND GEOTHERMAL WORKSHOP”

December 27, 2017

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), GNS Science International Limited (GNS Science) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) held the “JAPAN - NEW ZEALAND GEOTHERMAL WORKSHOP” in Rotorua, New Zealand, on the 20th and 21st of November 2017. This was the second time for JOGMEC and GNS Science to host the event, and more than 100 people joined from New Zealand and Japan. The workshop covered the fields of geothermal development, hot springs and geysers, and the environment, for each of the countries; and 14 speakers ranging from geothermal developers, local governments, research institutes, and representatives from Maori and local community groups presented their achievements and experience of sustainable geothermal development. JOGMEC and GNS Science also organized a field trip, which included visiting geothermal power plants, showing direct and cascade usage of geothermal, and geysers.

 This workshop was based on the MOU signed the 16th of July 2015, between JOGMEC and GNS Science. The MOU contained cooperative bilateral relations in order to facilitate technical cooperation in the field of evaluation and mitigation of environmental impacts, the development of survey methodologies, improving methods for management, the sustainability of geothermal reservoirs, and promotion of public acceptance of geothermal developments.

 New Zealand has more than 6 decades of history of geothermal power generation, and plenty of geothermal resources, with double the geothermal power plant capacity of Japan - even though Japan has 50 years’ experience of geothermal power generation. The history of geothermal power generation in New Zealand is due to the co-existence of hot water cultures that have been preserved by indigenous Maori tribes, and has resulted in 22% of primary energy production in the country.
 Cooperation with local people and those responsible for the hot springs, is a critical success factor for promoting geothermal development in Japan. This workshop focuses on the activities of geothermal developers and local government bodies of New Zealand and Japan in order to achieve sustainable geothermal developments.

 JOGMEC manages the activities for promoting continuous geothermal resource development through cooperation with geothermal developers, local people, hot spring owners, and local governments.

Date 20th and 21st of November 2017
Venue Rotorua, New Zealand
Co-host GNS Science and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Speakers 14 speakers made up of geothermal developers, local governments, research institutes, and local community groups
Participants Over 100 people

For more detail, please refer PDFthe program.

1. Day 1

 On day 1, Mr. Ian Simpson, Chief Executive of GNS Science and Mike Allen, a representative of Geothermal New Zealand joined the workshop, and Dr. Greg Bignall made a key-note speech about the utilization of geothermal energy in New Zealand through the collaboration with indigenous Maori tribes. Geothermal developers delivered speeches about the issues they faced, and the way to successfully collaborate, for the purposes of geothermal development. They discussed liaising with local government on policy and resource management regulations; and with research institutes about the methodologies of hot spring monitoring, environment assessment; and communicating with local communities and Maori about their geothermal development activities and the cultural significance of hot springs.

  • Mihi Whakatau – Māori welcome to participants,<br/>Taparoto Nicholson

    Mihi Whakatau – Māori welcome to participants,
    Taparoto Nicholson

  • GNS Science, Greg Bignall<br/>Key note speech:”Utilization of Geothermal in NZ”

    GNS Science, Greg Bignall
    Key note speech:”Utilization of Geothermal in NZ”

  • Oita Prefecture, Minoru Hirosawa<br/>“Current Status and Efforts for the Development of <br/>Geothermal Resources in Oita Prefecture”

    Oita Prefecture, Minoru Hirosawa
    “Current Status and Efforts for the Development of
    Geothermal Resources in Oita Prefecture”

  •  Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Penny Doorman<br/>“Managing Geothermal Resources <br/>Under the Resource Management Act”

    Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Penny Doorman
    “Managing Geothermal Resources
    Under the Resource Management Act”

  • Beppu City Office, Hideki Hori<br/>“The Approach and Current Situation of <br/>The Geothermal Development in Beppu City”

    Beppu City Office, Hideki Hori
    “The Approach and Current Situation of
    The Geothermal Development in Beppu City”

  • Yuzawa City Office, Tsutomu Suga<br/>“Recent Activities of the Development of <br/>Geothermal Energy in Yuzawa City”

    Yuzawa City Office, Tsutomu Suga
    “Recent Activities of the Development of
    Geothermal Energy in Yuzawa City”

  • Tuwharetoa mai Kawerau kit e tai, Spence McClintock<br/>“Custodians of the Kawerau Ngawha”

    Tuwharetoa mai Kawerau kit e tai, Spence McClintock
    “Custodians of the Kawerau Ngawha”

  • JOGMEC, Keita Yoshimatsu<br/>“Additional Potential of Micro seismic <br/>Monitoring in Geothermal Development”

    JOGMEC, Keita Yoshimatsu
    “Additional Potential of Micro seismic
    Monitoring in Geothermal Development”

2. Day 2

 On day 2, two courses of the field trip focused on the demands of the geothermal developers and local government. The field trips were intended for Japanese participants to not only understand the geothermal history of New Zealand but to gain a better understanding of how to promote geothermal developments in Japan. This was achieved through demonstrating the relationship between the geothermal developers and the local Maori tribes people in New Zealand and by visiting geothermal power stations(Mokai, Ngatamariki, Te Mihi) the GNS Science Research Center, Plenty Flora, Huka Prawn Park, Arataki Honey, and other geysers in Maori villages.

  • Plenty Flora

    Plenty Flora

  • Wairakei Power Station

    Wairakei Power Station

  • Arataki Honey

    Arataki Honey

  • Mokai Power Station

    Mokai Power Station

  • Ngatamariki Power Station

    Ngatamariki Power Station

  • GNS Science Wairakei Research Center

    GNS Science Wairakei Research Center

  • Te Mihi Power Station

    Te Mihi Power Station

  • A statue of a Maori god

    A statue of a Maori god

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