Drilling for new well at Puna geothermal plant in Hawaii to start this week

Drilling rig at Puna Geothermal Power Plant, Big Island, Hawaii (source:
Alexander Richter 14 Oct 2019

Puna Geothermal Venture is to start drilling for a new well for its Puna geothermal power plant in Hawaii this week.

As reported this morning from Hawaii, Puna Geothermal Venture, the operator of the Puna geothermal power plant on the Big Island of Hawaill plans to start drilling a new production well this week.

This was announced to the neighbouring community in a letter.

Drilling for the well KS-18 will start on October 16, 2019 and is expected to be completed by January 16, 2020. The company had planned to drill the new well prior to the eruption, according to Mike Kaleikini, PGV’s senior director of Hawaii affairs.

The company is currently refurbishing wells that were closed up prior to the eruption and corresponding lava flows during May 2018.

Several re-injection wells have been recovered and the company is currently working on the recovery of one production well.

The company will eventually also drill re-injection well KS-17 and a second well that the company got permission for in August of this year.

Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald