Iceland Offers to Map Ukraine’s Geothermal Heat

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Iceland Offers to Map Ukraine’s Geothermal Heat

By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir
Hellisheiði geothermal power plant

A geothermal power plant in Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson offered Iceland’s help in mapping Ukraine’s geothermal energy resources to Deputy Head of the Ukrainian National Agency on Ensuring of Efficient Use of Energy Resources (NAER) Vitalii Grygorovskyi in a meeting today.

In the meeting, Gunnar and Grygorovskyi discussed the collaboration of Icelandic and Ukrainian authorities on harnessing geothermal energy. They decided to launch preparations to that end, as stated in a press release from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Gunnar believes there are opportunities for harnessing geothermal energy in western Ukraine. Help from Icelandic experts in the field, along with that from specialists from other countries, such as Romania and Hungary, can prove important to Ukraine in determining the next steps.

Gunnar added that harnessing geothermal energy, as a pure and stable resource, can prove valuable to Ukraine’s inhabitants, especially for heating purposes.

The minister is currently on a two-day visit to Ukraine.

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