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Ormat seeks permit of 62 MW expansion of McGinness Hills geothermal plant

McGinness Hills II plant in Nevada (Source: Ormat)
Alexander Richter 23 May 2018

ORNI 41 — a subsidiary of Ormat Nevada, Inc. — has applied to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for permission for a 62 MW geothermal plant to be built next to existing 48 MW McGinness Hills geothermal plant.

Local news in Nevada report, that energy company ORNI 41 — a subsidiary of Ormat Nevada, Inc. — has applied to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for permission to build a geothermal power plant 10 miles north of Austin in Nevada.

The project labelled McGinness Hills III would see the construction of a 62 MW plant next to the existing 48 MW of McGinnes Hills I and II.  The plant would require building a 230 kv power transmission line for grid connection.

The site is on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Ormat has filed necessary applications with authorities.  The project will require the drilling of five production and two injection wells. Construction is to take 9-10 months.

“Once grading is completed, no natural resources will be necessary for the operation of the project. Because McGinness III will be an air-cooled power plant, no water (or other natural resources) will be necessary for the operation of McGinness III,” the project plan filed with the PUC states.

Source: Northern Nevada Business