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U.S. Geothermal making progress on projects in Guatemala and Nevada

Well EC-1, El Ceibillo project, Guatemala (source: U.S. Geothermal Inc.)
Alexander Richter 27 Jun 2016

U.S. Geothermal continues drilling at El Ceibillo geothermal project in Guatemala and receives approval for widening two geothermal wells for its San Emidio Phase II geothermal project in Nevada.

In an announcement today, U.S. Geothermal provides updates on the progress of its geothermal projects in Guatemala and Nevada/ U.S.

At its El Ceibillo project in Guatemala, the company started drilling of a new large diameter well, EC-5, on June 9. Well EC-5 is targeting the production zone previously encountered in well EC-2A. Well EC-5 will be used to test the geothermal reservoir’s flow characteristics and provide critical data required for the numerical reservoir model being developed by Mannvit Engineering of Iceland. The reservoir model will be used to determine the size, production characteristics, and power production capability of the reservoir.

For its San Emidio Phase II project in Nevada, U.S. Geothermal has received approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to deepen two geothermal wells originally drilled to obtain temperature gradients at San Emidio. Drilling is scheduled to begin on July 11. A vegetation survey was completed in May, and a nesting bird survey will be conducted within 10 days before drilling operations commence. Extended vegetation surveys were completed over the larger resource target area in anticipation of the need for additional roads and well pads.

The two wells were originally drilled to a depth of 1,000 feet and encountered high bottom hole temperatures and high temperature gradients. Both of these are indicators of a deeper, active geothermal system. If productive zones are encountered, the wells will be tested to determine resource temperature and production characteristics of this south-west zone.

“We are pleased to be moving forward again with drilling at our El Ceibillo project in Guatemala and our San Emidio project in Nevada,” said Doug Glaspey, President and COO of US Geothermal.

Both projects hold great promise and we are very optimistic that the drilling results and testing will allow us to confirm their respective resource potentials in support of obtaining a power purchase agreement.”

Source: Company release