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Geothermal Plant Decommissioning Overview (20)

State and federal laws have specific requirements for the decommissioning process.


Plant Decommissioning Overview Process

20.1 to 20.2 - Will a Geothermal Well Be Abandoned?

If a geothermal well is to be abandoned then the developer may be required to get a state permit and follow state procedures.

Alaska

In Alaska, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-AK-a

California

In California, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-CA-a

Hawaii

In Hawaii, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-HI-a

Idaho In Idaho, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-ID-a

Montana

In Montana, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-MT-a

New Mexico

In New Mexico, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-NM-a

Nevada

In Nevada, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-NV-a

Oregon

In Oregon, geothermal developers must adhere to the State’s well abandonment process. For more information, see:

Well Abandonment Process:
20-OR-a


20.3 to 20.4 - Is the Abandoned Well under BML Jurisdiction?

If the well is located on federal land or if the mineral estate is federally owned then the developer will have to comply with the BLM Well Abandonment Process.

Well Abandonment Process:
20-FD-a

A geothermal lessee/operator is required to promptly plug and abandon geothermal wells that are no longer in use or demonstrated to be potentially useful. If the BLM determines that a well is no longer needed for geothermal resource production, injection, or monitoring, or if it is determined that the well is not mechanically sound, BLM may order the operator to abandon the well. If the lessee/operator disagrees they may request,with justification, why the well should not be abandoned.

Wells may be permanently abandoned, temporary abandoned, or suspended in accordance with Geothermal Resources Operating Order No. 3, Plugging and Abandonment of wells.

20.6 to 20.8 - Will a Geothermal Plant Be Decommissioned?

If a geothermal plant is decommissioned the developer may require a state permit.



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