Olene-Poe Valley geothermal well

A plume of steam towers alongside the drill at Klamath Basin Geopower’s O-P2B well near Olene.

The once-visible drilling equipment is gone, but steps by Klamath Basin Geopower to develop a network of commercial geothermal production wells in the Olene and Poe Valley area are continuing.

“We’re on the business end of it,” said Bill Honjas, president and CEO of Klamath Basin Geopower, of the project. “The project is ongoing. The last well was a good well. Now we’re down to the business of getting the power sold.”

Honjas said he cannot discuss any aspects of negotiations with possible geothermal energy purchasers.

“We know it’s definitely a good well and we’re moving toward producing power,” he said of the second well, which was drilled last year.

He previously said the Olene-Poe Valley geothermal field has geothermal fluids well in excess of the temperatures and quantities necessary for producing electricity using established power plant technology. In an earlier interview, Honjas said the well, named O-P2B, has an estimated temperature greater than 300 degrees, with flows maintained at 1,400 gallons per minute.

O-P2B was Klamath Basin Geopower’s second production well. The first well, O-1N, had temperatures estimated at more than 285 degrees. That well, located off Crystal Springs Road, reached a depth of about 6,000 feet. Well O-1N is also a flowing well designed to produce up to 1,500 gallons per minute.

Honjas declined to discuss Klamath Basin Geopower’s investment costs, but he previously indicated cost in the millions of dollars.

Plans call for building and commissioning a minimum 20 megawatt power facility by 2017. Based on average estimates, each megawatt provides enough power for about 1,000 single-family homes. If power is produced, Honjas previously said it can be distributed to markets in Oregon and California from power switching stations.