Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant

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Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant
Country United States
Location Humboldt County, Nevada
Status Operational
Commission date October 2009
Construction cost US$180 million
Operator(s) Nevada Geothermal Power
Geothermal power station
Type Binary cycle
Min. source temp. 302 °F (150 °C)
Wells 5
Max. well depth 8,000 ft (2,400 m)
Power generation
Make and model Ormat Technologies
Nameplate capacity 50 MW

Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant is a geothermal power plant located in Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. It is owned and operated by Nevada Geothermal Power Inc.[1][2] Produced electricity is sold to NV Energy through a 21-mile (34 km) 120-kV transmission line to the transmission grid connection at Mill City, Nevada.[1]

The plant was completed in October 2009. It has installed capacity of 50 megawatts (67,000 hp). As of November 2010, the plant operated at a net output of 37 megawatts (50,000 hp). It is a binary cycle geothermal plant, which uses a closed-loop heat exchange system. In this system hot geothermal water with an average temperature of 302 °F (150 °C) heats a secondary fluid, isobutane, which is vaporized and used to run a turbine. The geothermal water is supplied by five production wells and injected by six injection wells. There is program to add three new production wells.[1] The depth of wells is 4,000–8,000 feet (1,200–2,400 m).[2]

The technology was supplied by Ormat Technologies.[1][2] The well drilling contractors were ThermaSource and Ensign. The piping contractor was JFMPE and the reservoir engineering was handled by GeoThermEx Inc. The plant cost US$180 million, of which $57.9 million was funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Neville, Angela (2010-12-01). "Top Plant: Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant, Humboldt County, Nevada". Power. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blue Mountain Geothermal Power Plant Nevada, USA". Net Resources International. Retrieved 2010-12-18. [unreliable source?]