Ram Power updates on remediation drilling program at San Jacinto
Ram Power reports results of an initial evaluation of one of the wells for its San Jacinto-Tizate power plant and extension project in Nicaragua, which suggest the need for additional perforation work on production zones of the well.
In to releases the past week, Ram Power updates on its remediation drilling program at its San-Jacinto Tizate geothermal power plant in Nicaragua.
The remediation drilling operations of wells SJ 6-1 and SJ 9-3 are being led by Sinclair Knight Merz (“SKM”), the resource consultant for the Company, in consultation with PENSA and Thermasource Inc. Drilling on both wells is expected to be completed by late November 2013.
WELL SJ 6-1
The Company completed its remediation program for well SJ 6-1 on August 14, 2013. The drilling operation successfully replaced 367 meters of damaged liner and perforated a 60 meter section of liner which had demonstrated increased temperature and permeability. Well SJ 6-1 is now shut-in and following a 4 to 6 week heat up period, will be tested and be put back online in late September or early October.
WELL SJ 9-3
The drilling rig has initiated moving from well pad 6 to well pad 9 for the remediation of well SJ 9-3. The Company anticipates drilling to commence on well SJ 9-3 in the next 10 days. The remediation program for well SJ 9-3 will result in the deepening and forking of the well. Following a heat up period, it is anticipated the well will be tested and placed back in service in late October 2013. In preparation for the remediation work, well SJ 9-3 was taken offline on August 14, 2013, which resulted in a temporary loss of power production of approximately 5 MW (net), bringing current production of the Project to approximately 46 MW (net).
As reported yesterday, SKM now conducted an evaluation of well SJ 6-2. The evaluation determined that the upper production zones of the well may have been affected by mineral deposition which has resulted in lower permeability and a decline in production since December 2011. As a result of these findings, a remediation plan was developed which calls for additional perforation of the upper production zone liner to increase the permeability of this section of the well.
In preparation for the remediation work, well SJ 6-2 will be removed from production on August 20, 2013, which will result in a temporary loss of power production of approximately 8 MW (net), bringing current production of the Project to approximately 38 MW (net). The remediation activities are expected to take approximately 8-10 days, and following a heat up period, it is anticipated the well will be tested and placed back in service in early September 2013.
Source: Company releases