BLM approves geothermal plant

BLM approves geothermal plant

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ELKO — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District has signed a record of decision granting a right of way for the planned Tuscarora Geothermal Plant.

According to a BLM announcement Tuesday, the approval is for an access road to Ormat Technologies’ project and follows the July 15 release of an environmental assessment on the right of way.

The U.S. Department of Defense and the BLM prepared the joint EA providing current analysis regarding the impacts of the proposed geothermal power plant and electric transmission line.

 The transmission line will be 24.5 miles long, with a carrying capacity of 120 kilovolts from the 18-megawatt Tuscarora Geothermal Plant about 10 miles north of Tuscarora at the north end of Independence Valley

The transmission line will run from the power plant east to State Route 226, then roughly parallel the highway until it ends at Nevada Energy’s Humboldt Substation about seven miles west of the intersection of Mountain City Highway and State Route 226.

The transmission line will affect 8.5 miles of public land managed by the BLM Tuscarora Field Office and 16 miles of private land, according to the BLM. The geothermal plant is on private land.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2012, according to earlier reports, which also stated that an estimated 100 people would be working on construction of the plant, and there would be seven to nine permanent workers.

The EA, decision record and finding of no significant Impacts are available at www.blm.gov/rv5c/.

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