Australia expects to have first delivery of commercial geothermal power in 2012  

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Xinhua (!) has a report on optimism that Petratherm will commence operating Australia's first commercial geothermal power plant next year - Australia expects to have first delivery of commercial geothermal power in 2012. There were some snippets about this in a couple of local media outlets, but nothing worth quoting.

Australia can expect its first delivery of commercial geothermal power by the end of 2012 from Petratherm's Paralana project in northern South Australia, local media reported on Wednesday.

In January, Petratherm successfully completed an initial test at its Paralana-2 well, where an injection of a small volume of water detected micro-seismic event as far as 300 metres out from the well hole.

A more major test is now scheduled for June, using higher volumes of water at higher pressure. The test will be critical, and by achieving it will help determine the company's ability to get a commercial flow rate going between the injector and the eventual Paralana-3 production well. ...

Petratherm plans to drill the deep Paralana-3 production well in the second half of 2011 and complete the final tests during the first half of 2012. It said this would allow the commercial commissioning of the power plant by the end of 2012. If so, the company will commission a 3.75 megawatt power plant.

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Bob Wallace   says 12:55 AM

That's a hot rock/enhanced geothermal plant, is it not?

Yes - they are drilling to a depth of around 4000m.

See the graph in this company statement :

http://www.petratherm.com.au/_literature_83964/Paralana_Project_Update_-_28_March_2011

http://www.petratherm.com.au/paralana.html

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