Nevada Geothermal to restart Blue Mountain next week

Alexander Richter 10 Feb 2010

Nevada Geothermal Power reports details on the electrical cable breakdown at Blue Mountain saying it expects to restart the plant mid-February and full operations back in March 2010. It also reports on the development of new projects.

In a release today, Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP) “reports on the status of the electrical cable breakdown at the 49.5 MW Faulkner 1 geothermal power plant. The plant automatically shut down due to heat build up and cable failure in the buried power cable system. NGP and its Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor are working cooperatively to get the plant back online as soon as possible.

Repairing the failed power cable system entails replacement and rerouting of power cables to the power turbine generators, iso-pentane pumps, cooling water pumps and cooling tower fans. Construction is underway with the new permanent cable system scheduled to be ready for full operations in early March, 2010. In the interim period, NGP and the EPC contractor plan to restart the plant at a reduced power output in mid-February using two of the three energy converters.

Repair costs are to be covered under a warranty by the EPC contractor. NGP has entered into discussions with the EPC contractor with regard to other related costs.”

On the company’s other geothermal projects it says that “with the development of Faulkner 1 in the final stages, NGP has turned its attention to its other development projects. The Pumpernickel, Crump Geyser and Blue Mountain build out power projects are planned for completion within the window of opportunity presented by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus program. The company will also advance its Black Warrior geothermal project under a cash share program with the DOE. NGP will release more information on its development program in the near future. ”

Source: Nevada Geothermal Power release by e-mail