Renewable energy developer Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP) will commence development drilling program at the Blue Mountain geothermal project in early November.

The company has contracted Ensign Drilling to drill up to three new injection wells in areas north and south of the core production area in order to further distribute injection water.

When completed, the wells are expected to allow energy production to be significantly increased from current output levels (approximately 48MW gross), the company said.

The company has recently completed reservoir ‘tracer’ studies to determine fluid movement patterns between injection and production wells.

Once the three new wells are completed and tested, NGP said it will determine a new configuration of the well field to optimize production.

Along with the current wells in service, on-going remedial work and testing indicates that wells 91-15, 44-14, 36 -14 and possibly others can be utilized in the final well plan.

In the medium term, the company believes that four current injection wells located west of the production area can be converted to high temperature (180-200 degrees Celsius) production wells at relatively low cost.

NGP has begun field assessment of additional target areas within the 17 square mile Blue Mountain property.