Comprehensive Evaluation of the Geothermal Resource Potential within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation Geothermal Project

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Project Title Comprehensive Evaluation of the Geothermal Resource Potential within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act: Geothermal Technologies Program
Project Type / Topic 2 Validation of Innovative Exploration Technologies
Project Description The proposed project will provide state-of-the-art characterization information and a detailed analysis of the geothermal resource potential at the Astor Pass site. The information gained during this study will allow the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to make informed decisions regarding construction of a geothermal power plant. Additional benefits include the transfer of new technologies and geothermal data to the geothermal industry and to create and preserve nearly three dozen jobs that will serve to stimulate the economy in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
State Nevada
Objectives Characterize the geothermal reservoir, the Astor Pass Site, using novel technologies and integrating this information into a numerical model.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Awardee Website

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000109
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $4,845,534.00
Awardee Cost Share $0.00
Total Project Cost $4,845,534.00

Principal Investigator(s) John Jackson, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Other Principal Investigators Donna Marie Noel, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Targets / Milestones The proposed work will integrate state-of-the-art exploration technologies with geologic framework and reservoir modeling to determine the efficacy of future geothermal production at the Astor Pass Site within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

The project will incorporate seismic studies, shallow temperature surveys, fracture stress modeling and slip tendency analysis, two new wells, borehole geophysics, borehole distributed temperature surveys (DTS) surveys, and well testing to construct a comprehensive conceptual and numerical model of the geothermal reservoir. The reservoir model will be constructed using stochastic techniques such that predictions of the long term resource capacity can be cast within a risk analysis framework.

Location of Project Pyramid Lake, NV

Impacts A validation of an exploration methodology designed for successful exploration in the Basin and Range. The project also creates jobs on an Indian Reservation.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs