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Geothermal Transparency Guide

February 2017 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources . Legal Developments by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) contributed the Philippine chapter of Icelandic law firm BBA’s handbook called the Geothermal Transparency Guide. The publication is intended to provide an overview of the legal and regulatory framework governing exploration, exploitation and production of electricity from geothermal resources. The Philippine chapter was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Hector M. de Leon, Jr. and Angel M. Salita, Jr.

Featured in the handbook are 16 countries where geothermal resources are being harnessed or are available for harnessing. Other countries covered are Canada, Chile, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.

The aim of the publication is to provide a useful insight into certain aspects of the applicable rules governing geothermal energy in these countries. Such insight can be of importance for the purposes of increasing transparency and awareness of some of the rights and obligations governing applications for licenses to explore, exploit or produce electricity from geothermal resources.

The Geothermal Transparency Guide was prepared during the course of the year 2016 and reflects the regulatory framework at the time. The handbook is free of charge and available on BBA’s website as well as in hard copy upon request. Visit the BBA website to download a copy of the publication.

For more information on the Philippine chapter, please contact Hector M. de Leon, Jr. or Angel M. Salita, Jr. For more information on the publication in general, please contact Harpa Petursdottir, editor of the publication, by email at