YEREVAN. – With a grant program, Armenia will commence geothermal exploratory drilling in the current year. 

Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hayk Harutyunyan stated the above-said during his report at Monday’s joint session of the National Assembly committees, and regarding the “performance” of the 2015 State Budget of Armenia.

As per Harutyunyan, the drilling will check for underground hot water resources in southern Armenia; and if the results are positive, a geothermal power station is planned to be built on location.

“We will start the exploration already this year,” the deputy minister added. “Probably in the second half of June.”