Guatemala Considering 200 MW Geothermal RFP in 2016

The country of Guatemala is considering the issuance of a 200 MW geothermal request for proposals sometime in 2016, US Geothermal President and COO Doug Glaspey said on Nov. 10.
The company “fully supports” the government’s plan, Glaspey said during US Geothermal’s 3Q15 earnings call.
US Geothermal is currently seeking out and meeting with potential purchasers for the output from its planned El Ceibillo geothermal project in Guatemala, according to Glaspey.
With an initial development of 25 MW, the El Ceibillo geothermal project will include a flash steam power plant to be located southwest of Guatemala City.
Glaspey said that the commercial resource at the project has been discovered with the flowing temperature of 398 degrees Fahrenheit (198.5C). Based on the initial discovery at the project, Glaspey said that two additional wells have been cited to further extend the resource area and to test the deeper horizon in the system.
“Drilling began on well EC-3 on Oct. 29,” he said. “So depending upon the results of the two additional wells, combined with [the previous discovery], we will then select the location for our production size well to fully test the resource and determine its size and production characteristics.”
U.S. Geothermal on Nov. 9 announced that the company will acquire all of the major and long lead equipment for the construction of three binary geothermal power plants with a total design output of about 35 MW.
The company said that the equipment was part of an order for six power plant units by another geothermal developer. Components for the three units are all new and unused, and have been held in storage.
“We paid $1.5 million, which is approximately 5 percent of the equipment’s original cost, a saving of roughly $28 million,” Dennis Gilles, CEO of US Geothermal, said in a statement. “This equipment gives us the ability to expand our megawatt output at our existing portfolio of advanced stage development projects at significantly lower cost, and in much shorter construction timeframes.”
On Nov. 10, US Geothermal reported operating revenues of $6.9 million in 3Q15, compared to $6.7 million in 3Q14. Operating revenue for the first nine months of 2015 was $21.26 million, compared to $21.08 million for the prior year period. The company narrowed its prior 2015 full-year guidance for operating revenues to between $30 million and $33 million.

Lead image: Landscape in Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Guatemala, Central America. Credit: Shutterstock.

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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