Expertise and Technology Transfer – IDB Advisory CommitteeBill Rickard, PE, founder and president of the Geothermal Resource Group, is a renowned specialist in the field of geothermal drilling. Recognized for his particular expertise, Bill had the honor of being chosen by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to serve on an advisory panel over a period of three years for the development of geothermal fields in El Salvador. Commonly called the Land of Volcanoes, El Salvador is characterized by major geothermal zones and was one of the first Latin American countries to take advantage of this indigenous resource through development of their geothermal fields. Read more >
Specialized Technique - Foam CementingWhen it comes to innovative techniques and customized solutions to meet the needs of challengng drilling conditions, the Geothermal Resource Group (“GRG”) has a proven track record. Founder and GRG President William “Bill” Rickard, PE, first utilized foam cementing for geothermal applications in the Philippines in the 1980s. Foam cementing is a highly specialized technique only known to be used before prior to this instance in oil and gas drilling. Bill first utilized it as a solution for GRG clientele in 1995 at a drilling location in Hawaii and has since come to use it on a regular basis for its ductility and control of lost circulation. Read more >
Large Scale Direct Use - The Peppermill Resort CasinoGeothermal Resource Group provided engineering and on-site supervision for the drilling of a production and injection well for a direct use geothermal system at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada. Read more >
International Project Management - Olkaria III, KenyaGRG personnel have the combination of experience, diplomacy, and attention to detail necessary to execute international projects of great scale and complexity. In 2010 GRG was contracted for the expansion of Ormat’s Olkaria III geothermal plant, located in Naivasha, Kenya. The plant is currently operating at 44 megawatts (MW) and is currently undergoing expansion in two phases to increase the output by up to 35 MW. Read more >
Raft River ProjectGeothermal Resource Group (“GRG”) was contacted by US Geothermal in 2004 to perform work on their newly purchased Raft River project. The project was originally developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in the 1970s as a demonstration project for the first binary cycle technology power plant. The geothermal wells had been shut in for nearly 20 years. As a result, work-overs were required to repair natural degradation as well as to remediate one well with a stuck pump in the wellbore.
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