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Olene well Geothermal water exceeds temperature expectations

Efforts under way to widen well for increased power

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

OLENE — Water temperatures at a geothermal test well near Olene have exceeded expectations.

Bill Honjas, president and CEO of Klamath Basin Geopower, the project developer, said water temperatures exceeded 250 degrees for a commercial-grade geothermal power plant. Because of the temperatures, which he said were verified independently, efforts are ongoing to widen the well to increase its capacity to produce power.

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