LAYMAN ENERGY ASSOCIATES-
TRUCKHAVEN GEOTHERMAL PROJECT ("New Truckhaven")
- Located in open desert terrain in northwestern Imperial County,
southwest of the Salton Sea and the town of Salton City.
- Shallow exploratory drilling conducted by industry in the early
1980's identified an extensive thermal anomaly
- A deep well drilled by Phillips Petroleum in 1982 identified a
350-370 deg F convective zone within a thick section of
porous reservoir sands in late Tertiary, basin-filling sediments
- Flow testing of the Phillips deep well indicated a low-salinity
reservoir fluid with TDS < 4,000 ppm
LEA Development History at Truckhaven
- In 2001, Layman Energy Associates (LEA) secured leasing rights
on approximately 3,200 acres of federal and private lands in the
- In 2003, LEA conducted geologic and geophysical surveys in the
Truckhaven area, partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy GRED II program totaling $349,000.
- In May, 2005 LEA received a $700,000 grant from the California Energy Commission GRDA program to support drilling and
flow testing of a production test well.
- In December, 2004, LEA signed a development agreement with Iceland America Energy, Inc. (IAE) to cooperate on
development of the Truckhaven project. IAE is a partnership of Icelandic public utilities and geothermal engineering firms
and U.S.-based firms with extensive local experience in geothermal development.
- In July 2006, IAE signed a power sales agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric for 50 MW of power from the Truckhaven
- In 2008, IAE completed testing of its initial exploratory well at the Truckhaven project which encountered a thick-section of
porous sands above 4,500 feet suitable for injection and a bottom hole temperature over 350 deg F.
- In June, 2011 Nevada Geothermal Power, Inc. (NGP) acquired IAE's assets at the Truckhaven project, and LEA retains an
interest in the project via a linked agreement with NGP's successor-in-interest, Alternative Earth Resources, Inc.