Nevada Geothermal Power’s Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 plant – an overview

Nevada Geothermal Power’s Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 plant – an overview Blue Mountain Faulkner-1, geothermal power plant, Nevada (source: Nevada Geothermal Power)
Alexander Richter 27 Nov 2010

An interesting overview on Nevada Geothermal Power's Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 geothermal power plant in Nevada, provides details on the project, its financing, development, technology, PPA and grid connection.

The following article describes the Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant of Nevada Geothermal Power. For the full article, see link below the text.

” The Blue Mountain Geothermal Power Plant is located in Humboldt County in North Nevada, US. Also known as Faulkner I, the geothermal plant was commissioned in October 2009, four months ahead of schedule. It is owned and operated by Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP) Blue Mountain I, a subsidiary of NGP.

Faulkner I cost approximately $180m. It has an installed capacity of 49.5MW and currently produces net energy of 38MW. Recent tests carried out at the plant revealed that it has a resource potential of 100MW. NGP is now in the process of increasing the plant’s output to 45MW through an optimisation programme in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The company is also planning to convert the existing injection wells into production wells for the second phase of the plant. Phase II will have an installed capacity of 25MW, taking the total production capacity of the field to 70MW.

NGP has signed a 20-year long power purchase agreement with NV Energy to supply all the electricity produced at Faulkner I.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract of Faulkner I was awarded to Ormat Technologies in 2008. The value of the contract was $76m.

The optimisation programme contract was awarded to Ensign Drilling in November 2009. The scope of work includes drilling two deep injector wells and one production well.”

Full article and source: Power Technology