Cape Station is being developed by Fervo Energy Company, the leader in next-generation geothermal power development, and its affiliates. Our team has decades of experience developing more than a gigawatt of power across the western U.S., managing complex drilling projects, and pioneering cutting-edge geologic research.
Appraisal drilling will begin at Cape Station in Q3 2023. Phase 1 is expected to be operational by 2026 with subsequent phases expected by 2028.
Geothermal energy is a naturally occuring, carbon-free resource with the lowest land use requirements of any renewable energy source. Modern geothermal uses an efficient "binary cycle" power generation process that converts heat to electricity, emits no carbon or other pollutants, and has low water use requirements. Fervo's choice of air cooled systems further reduces consumptive water use.
Cape Station sits atop non-potable saline aquifers. As a result, drilling at Cape Station will not interfere with drinking water in the area regardless of the precautions taken. Still, our well construction process has integrity protocols in place to eliminate threats to water quality, including:
We manage the potential for induced seismicity through engineering controls, diligent prevention, and mitigation planning. We employ a detailed Induced Seismicity Mitigation Protocol (ISMP) that mirrors government guidance documents and have worked closely with the U.S. Geological Survey on past operations to verify the efficacy of its approach. This ISMP is a four-step process that includes:
Cape Station will rely on a modern binary cycle geothermal power plant, which does not release steam into the air. Once the projects are up and running, the skyline will remain unobstructed.
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Cape Station has received the following regulatory approvals:
To complete its Environmental Assessment pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, Fervo worked closely with ecological experts and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to survey the area near Cape Station for at-risk wildlife and vegetation. The BLM issued a Finding of No Significant Impact, validating the safety of Fervo’s drilling plan.
The first two phases of Cape Station are expected to create approximately 6,602 temporary jobs during construction and 161 full-time operational jobs, resulting in more than $437 million in earned wages. Fervo will source construction jobs from the local labor pool when possible. In addition, the project will generate substantial economic impact, reflected in the total value of goods and services utilized in the project. According to the same National Renewable Energy Laboratory model used to calculate jobs generated, local supply chain and hospitality providers would realize roughly $1.1 billion during construction and operational phases of the project.
Cape Station is being developed by Fervo Energy.