Friday, December 26, 2014

USA, Hawaii:

Puna Geothermal Venture Makes Plans to Drill New Well (West Hawaii Today)

Puna Geothermal Venture (Courtesy Ormat)
Puna Geothermal Venture plans to drill a new geothermal well to maintain production levels.

Mike Kaleikini, director of Hawaiian Affairs for Ormat, PGV’s parent company, said drilling could begin in January and take about three months to complete.

The new well is intended to make up for decreased production at one of its five operating production wells and bring output back up to 38 MW, he said. It’s currently producing 30 MW.

It’s not yet clear what caused the decrease, Kaleikini said.

He said the well could be between 4,000 and 8,000 feet deep, depending on where a geothermal resource is found.

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