Geothermal

Geysers Plant Capacity Increased to 35 MW

Western GeoPower Corp. has announced that a review by independent consultants GeothermEx, Inc. has determined that the optimum capacity for the Western GeoPower Unit 1 project at The Geysers Geothermal Field in California is 35 megawatts (MW). As a result, Western GeoPower has signed an agreement with Fuji Electric Corporation of America for the supply of one 35-MW Top Exhausting Geothermal Condensing Steam Turbine Generator Unit for delivery to the Unit 1 project site in August 2009.

The selection of Fuji as the supplier of the turbine generator followed a competitive bidding process under a Request For Proposals prepared and coordinated by POWER Engineers, Inc. Commercial geothermal power has been generated continuously at The Geysers field since 1960, the present generation level is approximately 900 MW of baseload electricity. Western GeoPower’s Unit 1 project is situated in the south-western region of The Geysers field in Sonoma County.

“Fuji has earned a solid reputation over many years with the plant operators at The Geysers and around the world,” said Kenneth MacLeod, President and CEO of Western GeoPower. “Our selection of the Fuji turbine was based on a combination of turbine reliability, cost competitiveness and delivery schedule.”