US based renewable energy developer Nevada Geothermal Power has increased production from its flagship Faulkner 1 power plant and reports positive interim results from its current output-optimisation drilling programme.
The company said Faulkner 1′s net output has been increased 3MW to 30.5MW to allow for increased brine production and plant output.
NGP is concurrently drilling a moderate-diameter injection test well northeast of the current production field and has constructed a pipeline to inject 500 gallons per minute of spent geothermal brine from the plant into an existing well. Additional wells are planned in the programme, which is funded out of a recent $57.9m grant from the US Department of the Treasury.
‘NGP is very pleased to have achieved a new benchmark level of production of over 30MW of clean renewable power from our showcase geothermal power plant,’ said Brian Fairbank, president & CEO of NGP. ‘Interim drilling results forecasting new deep injection capability at Well 55-15 will lead to significantly increased power production and bring us closer to our ultimate goal of 47MW for the Faulkner 1 plant.’
NGP estimates a potential of over 200MW from its Blue Mountain, Pumpernickel, Black Warrior and Crump Geyser projects.
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