U.S. Geothermal commissioning of its San Emidio plant proceeding

San Emidio geothermal power plant, Nevada/ US (source: US Geothermal)
Alexander Richter 2 Feb 2012

Geothermal development company U.S. Geothermal announces that the commissioning of its 8.6MW San Emidio plant in Nevada is proceeding, with the replacment of some faulty equipment before it will undergo performance and capacity testing prior to commercial operation.

In a release today, “U.S. Geothermal Inc. (TSX: GTH), “announced that power plant commissioning at the new 8.6 net megawatt San Emidio power plant, which follows the mechanical completion announced in December, is proceeding.

Charging of the R134a motive fluid into the power plant has been completed, and is undergoing integration testing. In preparation for starting the turbine, it was discovered that two large capacitors in the 2500 horsepower variable frequency drive which controls the motive fluid pump were found to be defective, and must be replaced prior to plant startup. The motive fluid pump, which circulates the R134a through the vaporizers and condensers, is a primary component in the binary cycle system.

Our EPC contractor has located replacement capacitors and expects to resume commissioning the turbine within the next 7 days. Once the turbine is commissioned, the plant will undergo performance and capacity testing prior to achieving commercial operation.”

Source: Company release via Finanznachrichten