Law on Geothermal Resources and Natural Mineral Waters - Law No 5686

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Last updated: 4 February 2016

This Law sets forth the rules and principles for exploring, producing and protecting geothermal and natural mineral water resources. Geothermal and natural mineral waters belong to the state. A special licence is required to carry out exploration activities. The licence may be issued according to the procedure regulated by these provisions and shall be valid for three years. An operational licence is also necessary to exploit geothermal resources. Operational licences are valid for 30 years and may be extended for up to 10 years. Exploration and operational licences are transferable. Site activities are subject to annual inspections by the General Directorate of Minerals Research and Exploration. The integrated use of geothermal energy, the re-injection of geothermal energy after use, efficiency and environmental protection are all also regulated by the Law.

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