Western GeoPower Corp.

Western GeoPower Corp.

May 31, 2005 11:12 ET

Western GeoPower Corp.: Completion Testing of MC-8 in Progress: Indicates Characteristics Similar to MC-6

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) -

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GeothermEx Recommends Immediate Production Testing for MC-6, Which has now Heated to 260 degrees C (500 degrees F).

Western GeoPower Corp. (TSX VENTURE:WGP) (FWB:WE6.F) (NOTC:WGEO), a renewable energy development company, announces the completion of the drilling of the third production size well, MC-8 and the recommendation of GeothermEx to proceed immediately with the production testing of the first well, MC-6, which GeothermEx has indicated has the potential to be a commercially viable well.

MC- 8:

Well MC-8 was drilled in an easterly direction to a depth of 2,380 meters, without technical problems and a rig test is now in progress. Drilling was extended beyond the planned target depth of 2,200 meters to test the extent of fractures first intersected between 2,092 and 2,175 meters. At 2,345 meters, the first major fracture was encountered and circulation of the drilling fluid was lost completely, following which drilling proceeded without any fluid returns to surface ('blind' drilling), to 2,347 meters. The well was then drilled with aerated water to 2,380 meters, with additional fractures intersected at 2,353 to 2,355 meters; 2,363 meters; 2,365 meters; and 2,369 meters. Fluid losses while drilling with aerated water were estimated at 70 cubic meters per hour.

A series of tests is now being conducted, with the rig in place (rig test), to evaluate the fractures from 2,092 meters to the current depth of 2,380 meters. These tests include initial down-hole temperature and pressure logs, air-lifting to induce the well to flow, and an injection test. These tests will provide a preliminary assessment of the temperature and permeability characteristics of the well and assist in planning a comprehensive flow test of MC-8, to assess the well's capacity for commercial production. As with wells MC-6 and MC-7, GeothermEx coordinated the initial well testing of MC-8 and as with the previous two wells, GeothermEx has recommended that MC-8 be permitted to recover from the substantial fluid losses during drilling and that testing for productive potential be conducted after the well temperatures have stabilized.


The latest temperature (and pressure) survey results from MC-6, obtained May 13, 2005, indicate a maximum down-hole temperature of 260 degrees C (500 degrees F) at a depth of 2,632 meters and that the temperatures in the well now appear to have stabilized. Consequently, GeothermEx has indicated that the well has the potential to be commercially viable and recommends immediate production testing to assess the level of production capability. A comprehensive evaluation program has been agreed with GeothermEx and preparations are in progress to secure the appropriate equipment to commence testing as soon as possible. In the interim, several attempts have been made to induce MC-6 to flow by using just compressors and placing a 550 psi 'air-cap' on the well. The procedure has been repeated several times over the past month, with improving results with each successive attempt to 'lift' the fluid column in the well (by releasing of the 'air-cap').


The latest temperature and pressure survey results from MC-7, obtained May 15, 2005, indicate that the well continues to recover and heat up from the injection of cold water during drilling in February 2005, with a maximum down-hole temperature of 252 degrees C (486 degrees F) at a depth of 2,900 meters.

Corporate Overview:

Western GeoPower Corp. is dedicated to the development of its 100% owned, South Meager Geothermal Project, held under a geothermal lease for the commercial production of electricity. The project, located 170 km north of Vancouver, B.C., is in close proximity to Whistler, the location of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and is the most advanced geothermal project in Canada. The Company currently is conducting a feasibility study to confirm the commercial viability of the South Meager Project to support an initial generation of 100 megawatts of electricity by 2007. The estimated development potential is 200 megawatts of electricity, which is equivalent to the power consumption of 160,000 households.

On behalf of Western GeoPower Corp.

"Kenneth MacLeod"
Kenneth MacLeod, President and CEO

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Contact Information

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    Kenneth MacLeod
    President and CEO
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    Email: info@geopower.ca
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