Baseload, Geothermal, Utility Scale

Permit Approved for Drilling on Federal Land in Idaho’s Raft River Geothermal Area

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Burley, Idaho, field office last week approved a permit to drill at the Walker Ranch Energy geothermal project in the Raft River geothermal area in south-central Idaho.

According to the Burley office, up to 22 production and injection wells will be drilled on approximately 200 acres managed by BLM and the state of Idaho.

“While the timeline for power production is not yet known, we are pleased to move forward with Walker Ranch Energy as they begin the process of adding clean, renewable energy resources to Idaho’s portfolio,” said Ken Crane, Burley BLM field manager, said in a statement.

Agua Caliente, the project’s developer, began production-well drilling for the project in 2013, and three wells have already been drilled, according to the company’s website.

The power plant for the project will be built on private land, and the project will generate royalties that will be shared between BLM and the state of Idaho, the Burley office said.

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