Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydropower

Geothermal Project Begins Energy Commission Review

The California Energy Commission has voted the Salton Sea Unit Six project data adequate meaning the application is complete and ready for the staff to analyze under the Energy Commission’s comprehensive 12-month power plant review process.

Sacramento, California – September 26, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Salton Sea Unit Six Project is a proposal of CE Obsidian Energy, LLC, which is a subsidiary of CalEnergy Operating Company. CalEnergy, in turn, is owned in part by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. CE Obsidian affiliates own the rights to about 20,000 acres of the geothermal resources in the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area, which encompasses more than 100,000 acres. Ten geothermal power plants in the area currently generate approximately 340 MW of electricity. The Unit Six proposal calls for injection and production wells covering 2,800 acres to produce 185 MW from a geothermal steam turbine electric generating facility. The generating facility itself would be built on 80 acres. In addition to the power plant, the project would consist of a resource production facility, a 161-kilovolt switchyard, ten geothermal production wells, seven brine injection wells and two electrical transmission lines. The total investment for the Salton Sea Unit Six Project is estimated to be US$460 million. Under the proposed construction schedule, the plant, if approved, would be operational in 2005.