GEA members Atlas Copco and Calpine find success in Turkey and California

GEA members Atlas Copco and Calpine share their news: Atlas Copco will supply two plants in Turkey, while Calpine’s Caldwell Ranch project to re-open an abandoned steam field moves forward.

Atlas Copco: New Order will Supply 2 Geothermal Plants in Turkey
Calpine: DOE-Funded Geysers Project Finds New Steam at Old Wells

Atlas Copco: New Order will Supply 2 Geothermal Plants in Turkey
Atlas Copco (STO:ATCOA) (STO:ATCOB) was selected by Çelikler Jeotermal Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. to deliver equipment for two renewable energy geothermal power plants in Turkey. The order is for four geothermal power trains — two for an expansion of a power plant project near Pamukören, Turkey; the other two for a new site near the town of Sultanhisar. Total gross capacity of the order is for 80 MW, and when operative the generator trains are expected to deliver some 500 GWh of baseline renewable energy per year — enough electricity to power around 61,000 households. Stephan Kuhn, President of Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique Business Area told press: “Winning this order highlights our strong commitment to customer satisfaction – and to delivering the innovative technology that unlocks geothermal energy’s potential.” Heraldonline.com

Calpine: DOE-Funded Geysers Project Finds New Steam at Old Wells
Calpine Corporation’s Caldwell Ranch Exploration Project is a first-ever achievement to re-open an abandoned steam field. A $5 million U.S. Department of Energy investment went in to the project to confirm steam at previously abandoned wells at The Geysers geothermal field in northern California.  A proposed power plant has been permitted.

The project found 11.4 MW of initial equivalent steam in three wells — 50% more than early estimates — and Calpine further estimates Caldwell Ranch could produce up to 45 MWe equivalent of steam.  In terms of technology the project was successful in improving reservoir pressure and well productivity, lowering carbon dioxide concentrations by more than 65%, and utilizing combined data sources for 3-D modeling.

The project created 43 full-time temporary jobs and tax revenues to Sonoma County and the state of California.  Calpine Corporation plans to release second quarter 2013 financial results on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Eere.energy.gov; Marketwatch.com

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