Promote geothermal development through lithium mining in Argentina

By : Franyi Sarmiento, Ph.D., Inspenet, May 19, 2022

Recently, a meeting was held between Vice Governor Rubén Dusso, Vice Governor of the province of Catamarca in Argentina, authorities from the state mining-energy company Camyen SE and representatives from Morena del Valle Minerals SA, a subsidiary of the Australian Lake Resources.

The company operates a lithium brine project, called Kachi, and the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibilities that the geothermal resources available in the province can offer Catamarca as a generator of clean and renewable electricity, both to support the lithium to put it in service and people’s quality of life.

Present at the meeting, on behalf of Moreno del Valle Minerales SA, were Sergio Daniel Iramaín, Head of Geology and Jorge Christian Vega Filippin, Head of Hydrogeology; Bárbara Utesa, geologist from the Geothermal Chamber; by CAMYEN SE, Natalia Dusso, Vice President, Aldo Sarquis, Member, Martín Peralta, Trustee; the Minister of Planning, Labor and Modernization, Verónica Soria. COPES representatives also participated in the meeting: Gretel Galeano, from the Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences of the UNCa; Luciano González, from the Catamarca Bar Association; and Iván Sarquis, representative of ATE.

A planned tender for the Copahue location, where a geothermal power plant once stood, appears never to have gotten off the ground and there is no information on the current status of other projects. A 2019 webinar shared some thoughts on the new frontiers of geothermal in Chile and Argentina.

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