U.S. Geothermal has announced that its construction contractor has informed about the mechanical completion for the second of three 7.3MW (net), air cooled power plant modules at the Company's Neal Hot Springs project.

The Neal Hot Springs project located in Malheur County, Oregon, US is a 22MW (net) scheme that has three modules of which the first one is in the process of being commissioned with the first turbine roll scheduled to occur in August.

The mechanical completion of the third module is planned in the second week of July 2012.

The company has started drilling for the remaining injection capacity on 12 June and the three injection wells, targeted at zones with demonstrated known permeability, are included in the drilling program.

Of the total injection capacity required, 58% has been drilled.

The geothermal project is almost 93% completed and is expected to achieve full commercial operation late in the third quarter of 2012.

The Neal Hot Springs project, which is currently under construction, will be the company’s third operating power project.

U.S. Geothermal Inc. is a renewable energy development company that is operating geothermal power projects at Raft River, Idaho and San Emidio, Nevada.