Rotokawa Geothermal Area

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Rotokawa Geothermal Area

Area Overview

Geothermal Area Profile

Location: New Zealand

Exploration Region: Taupo Volcanic Zone

GEA Development Phase: Operational"Operational" is not in the list of possible values (Phase I - Resource Procurement and Identification, Phase II - Resource Exploration and Confirmation, Phase III - Permitting and Initial Development, Phase IV - Resource Production and Power Plant Construction) for this property.

Coordinates: -38.613293612001°, 176.19172042307°

Resource Estimate

Mean Reservoir Temp: 300°C573.15 K
572 °F
1,031.67 °R

Estimated Reservoir Volume: 5 km³5,000,000,000 m³
1.2 mi³
176,573,333,605 ft³
6,539,753,095 yd³
5,000,000,000,000 L

Mean Capacity: 167 MW167,000 kW
167,000,000 W
167,000,000,000 mW
0.167 GW
1.67e-4 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: 34 MW34,000 kW
34,000,000 W
34,000,000,000 mW
0.034 GW
3.4e-5 TW

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Owners  :
  • Mighty River Power Co

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Exploration History

First Discovery Well

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Well Field Description

Well Field Information

Development Area: 25

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Depth to Top of Reservoir: 2000m2 km
1.243 mi
6,561.68 ft
2,187.22 yd

Depth to Bottom of Reservoir: 2500m2.5 km
1.553 mi
8,202.1 ft
2,734.025 yd

Average Depth to Reservoir: 2250 m2.25 km
1.398 mi
7,381.89 ft
2,460.623 yd

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Geology of the Area

Geologic Setting

Tectonic Setting: Extensional Tectonics, Subduction Zone

Controlling Structure: Fault Intersection

Topographic Features:

Brophy Model: Type A: Magma-heated, Dry Steam Resource

Moeck-Beardsmore Play Type: CV-2a: Plutonic - Recent or Active Volcanism, CV-3: Extensional Domain"CV-2a: Plutonic - Recent or Active Volcanism, CV-3: Extensional Domain" 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: Recent

Host Rock Age: Quaternary

Host Rock Lithology: Volcaniclastic

Cap Rock Age:

Cap Rock Lithology: Clay

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Geofluid Geochemistry


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NEPA-Related Analyses (0)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ruggero Bertani. 2005. World Geothermal Power Generation 2001-2005. Proceedings of World Geothermal Congress; Turkey: World Geothermal Congress.

List of existing Geothermal Resource Areas.

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