The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field, Mexico

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Summary The Cerro Prieto geothermal field, located in the northern part of Baja California, Mexico ranks among the three largest geothermal power-producing fields in the world. With a total installed capacity of 720 MWe, the Cerro Prieto stands at par with the Tongonan field in Leyte, Phillipines, and is exceeded only by the Geysers, which has an installed capacity of about 1,420 MWe. The electrical power generation from this field alone accounts for 75% of Mexico's geothermal capacity of 953 MWe and meets more than 50% of Baja California's total power requirements. The geothermal field has been producing power successfully for the past 30 years. Researches carried out by Lawrence Berkley Laboratory (LBL), Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and other groups from both within and outside of North America, over the past several decades, have generated a wealth of information on Cerro Prieto. It is one of the most well-studied geothermal reservoirs in the world today. Data and information obtained from research experiments carried out here have been gainfully utilized in exploration and development of other geothermal fields worldwide, particularly in the area of reservoir engineering studies.

Harsh Gupta and Sukanta Roy

Geothermal Energy, 2007



Harsh Gupta,Sukanta Roy. 2007. The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field, Mexico. (!) : Geothermal Energy. (!) p.