TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A Nevada geothermal energy developer with projects around the globe is seeking a pair of leases on land near the Magic Reservoir in southern Idaho.

Ormat Technologies Inc. has requested leases on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management located at the north end of the reservoir. The leases cover more than 2,800 acres in Blaine and Camas counties.

The Times-News reports Ormat operates more than 15 geothermal projects around the world.

BLM State Director in Idaho Peter Ditton says geothermal resources in Idaho are an important piece of the nation's energy goals. The agency amended its land management plans in 2008 to allow for geothermal energy projects.

The agency is reviewing the company's application just for the leases. Applications to drill and develop the resource must be filed separately.

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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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