Construction Advances at U.S. Geothermal’s Raft River Power Project

Boise, Idaho [] U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced construction progress on its Phase One, 13-megawatt (MW) net output Raft River binary cycle geothermal power plant in southeastern Idaho. The plant’s construction is under the direction of Ormat Nevada Inc., a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies Inc. Plant construction is proceeding on schedule and budget: power plant equipment and cooling tower foundations are complete; generator, main transformer, air compressors and pentane storage tanks have been delivered to the site; the cooling tower is under construction and more. Plus, Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative has finished construction of the 3.2-mile power transmission line that connects the power plant to the Bonneville Power Administration substation at Bridge, Idaho. Equipment upgrades to the substation including a breaker, relays, and communications systems are under way.