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Geothermal Energy Science An open-access journal
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Volume 3, issue 1
Geoth. Energ. Sci., 3, 61-67, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gtes-3-61-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geoth. Energ. Sci., 3, 61-67, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gtes-3-61-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  13 Oct 2015

13 Oct 2015

Geochemical study on hot-spring water in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea

M. M. Lahan, R. T. Verave, and P. Y. Irarue M. M. Lahan et al.
  • Geological Survey Division, Mineral Resources Authority, P.O. Box 1906, Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea

Abstract. West New Britain Province, which occupies the western part of New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea, is ideally located within an active tectonic region that influences volcanism creating an environment favourable for geothermal activity. Geothermal mapping of surface manifestations reveals high temperature geothermal prospects along the northern coastline of West New Britain Province that are further confirmed by geochemical analysis. The occurrence of geothermal features is confined to the Quaternary Kimbe Volcanics and alluvium in the lowland areas. The features in Talasea appear to be controlled by deep-seated northerly trending faults while structures in Hoskins also appear to be deep seated but have not been identified. The geothermal systems in West New Britain Province have not been drilled, but preliminary reconnaissance geothermal mapping and geochemical analysis reveals four high temperature geothermal prospects suitable for further investigation and development of geothermal energy. These are the Pangalu (Rabili) and Talasea Station geothermal prospects in Talasea and Kasiloli (Magouru) and Silanga (Bakama and Sakalu) geothermal prospects in Hoskins. The calculated reservoir temperatures for these fields are in the range of 245–310 °C. Recommendations are made for further follow-up exploratory investigations.

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