Momotombo Geothermal Area

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Momotombo Geothermal Area

Area Overview

Geothermal Area Profile

Location: Nicaragua

Exploration Region: Central American Volcanic Arc Chain

GEA Development Phase: Phase IV - Resource Production and Power Plant Construction

Coordinates: 12.394084881458°, -86.541274404526°

Resource Estimate

Mean Reservoir Temp: 240°C513.15 K
464 °F
923.67 °R

Estimated Reservoir Volume: 10.8 km³10,800,000,000 m³
2.591 mi³
381,398,400,586.8 ft³
14,125,866,685.2 yd³
10,800,000,000,000 L

Mean Capacity: 77 MW77,000 kW
77,000,000 W
77,000,000,000 mW
0.077 GW
7.7e-5 TW

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History and Infrastructure

Operating Power Plants: 1

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Developing Power Projects: 0

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Power Production Profile

Gross Production Capacity: 27 MW27,000 kW
27,000,000 W
27,000,000,000 mW
0.027 GW
2.7e-5 TW

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Owners  :
  • Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (ENEL)

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Exploration History

First Discovery Well

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Well Field Description

Well Field Information

Development Area: 2

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Average Temperature of Geofluid: 240°C513.15 K
464 °F
923.67 °R

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Depth to Top of Reservoir: 300 m0.3 km
0.186 mi
984.252 ft
328.083 yd

Depth to Bottom of Reservoir: 3000 m3 km
1.864 mi
9,842.52 ft
3,280.83 yd

Average Depth to Reservoir: 1650 m1.65 km
1.025 mi
5,413.386 ft
1,804.457 yd

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Geology of the Area

Geologic Setting

Tectonic Setting: Subduction Zone

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Brophy Model: Type D: Sedimentary-hosted, Volcanic-related Resource

Moeck-Beardsmore Play Type: CV-2a: Plutonic - Recent or Active Volcanism, CV-2b: Plutonic - Inactive Volcanism"CV-2a: Plutonic - Recent or Active Volcanism, CV-2b: Plutonic - Inactive Volcanism" is not in the list of possible values (CV-1a: Magmatic - Extrusive, CV-1b: Magmatic - Intrusive, CV-2a: Plutonic - Recent or Active Volcanism, CV-2b: Plutonic - Inactive Volcanism, CV-3: Extensional Domain, CD-1: Intracratonic Basin, CD-2: Orogenic Belt, CD-3: Crystalline Rock - Basement) for this property.

Geologic Features

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Volcanic Age: Quaternary

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Geofluid Geochemistry


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ruggero Bertani. 2005. World Geothermal Power Generation 2001-2005. Proceedings of World Geothermal Congress; Turkey: World Geothermal Congress.
  2. Tom Harding-Newman, James Morrow, Subir Sanyal, Zhengjia Meng (International Finance Corporation (IFC)). 2013. Success of Geothermal Wells: A global study. Washington, DC: International Finance Corporation.

List of existing Geothermal Resource Areas.

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