Wednesday, February 10, 2016

USA, Nevada: Ormat Applies to Build Transmission Line for 24 MW Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Project

Ormat unit files notice in Nevada for 230-kV line and geothermal project (PennEnergy)

ORNI 43, a unit of Ormat Technologies, filed a notice recently with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada stating that it will seek permission to build a 230-kV transmission line to support a planned 24 MW geothermal generating facility in Churchill County, Nevada.

ORNI 43 said it plans to file an application with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to build the Tungsten Project and related transmission line primarily on federal land administered by BLM, with a small portion on privately owned land. The company said it planned to file its application with the BLM Feb. 1.

ORNI 43 told the PUCN that the Tungsten Project, with a gross capacity of 24 MW and net capacity of 20 MW, is below the 70 MW threshold for regulation under the Nevada Utility Environmental Protection Act. The voltage of the transmission line, however, qualifies it as a utility facility under Nevada’s statute, and the company said it will seek PUCN approval of a permit to construct the generation tie line.

“The Tungsten Project will be located in the Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Area in eastern Churchill County, about 55 miles east-northeast of Fallon, and north of Highway 50,” ORNI 43 said in the notice.

The transmission line would extend 16.5 miles, generally southwest from the proposed geothermal project to connect with facilities owned by NV Energy.