Western GeoPower Corp.

Western GeoPower Corp.

March 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Western GeoPower Corp.: Drilling Underway at the Geysers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) -


Western GeoPower Corp. (TSX VENTURE:WGP) (FRANKFURT:WE6.F), a renewable energy development company, today announced the commencement of drilling at the Western GeoPower Unit 1 project at The Geysers Geothermal Field in California. Drilling and testing of the first well is expected to take up to 90 days. The drilling program will involve the drilling of a minimum of eight production wells and at least one injector well.

Independent consultant GeothermEx, Inc. of Richmond, California has designed the drilling program and is providing strategic management throughout the drilling phase. The wells will be directionally drilled from existing drill pads to intersect target zones where commercial steam productivity was encountered by previous production wells. The average total vertical depth per well is anticipated to be 8,000 - 9,000 feet (2,500 - 2,800m) with the maximum total measured depth expected to be approximately 11,000 feet (3,400m).

ThermaSource, Inc. has been engaged as the principal drilling contractor for the drilling program. In business since 1980, ThermaSource is a leading geothermal drilling company and project management consultant, based in Santa Rosa, California. The ThermaSource management team has over 90 years of combined geothermal drilling experience, including recent drilling at The Geysers Field.

Baker Hughes Divisions - INTEQ, Baker Hughes Drilling Fluids and Hughes Christensen is providing the major drilling services for the drilling program (including directional drilling equipment and engineering services; drilling fluids; and drill bits), with technical support provided by the geothermal group of Baker Hughes. Western GeoPower previously engaged the Baker Hughes Group to provide similar services for the drilling program at the South Meager geothermal project in British Columbia, Canada.

Brelje & Race Consulting Civil Engineers, of Santa Rosa, California, under the direction of Paula Blaydes, Senior Environmental & Land Use Planner, is the environmental and permitting specialist for the project.

"We have assembled a technical team that has considerable experience with drilling in The Geysers and has a track record of operating as a cohesive unit throughout all phases of drilling operations," said Kenneth MacLeod, President and CEO of Western GeoPower. "Development of the steam field is being structured to enable the start of commercial operations in early 2010 at the proposed Western GeoPower Unit 1 power plant."

Western GeoPower's internal project management team is comprised of Mike Long, MSc, PE, Operations Manager; Randy Fulcher, Drilling Supervisor; and Tim Smith, Field Coordinator.

Mike Long has extensive Project Management experience, having served as the Engineering Project Manager for a series of large geothermal flash plant projects totaling more than 400 MWe in new capacity worldwide. He spent over 15 years working for POWER Engineers, Inc., a world leader in the design and engineering of geothermal energy projects, where he held the position of Manager of Renewable Energy Projects.

Randy Fulcher has 35 years of geothermal drilling experience throughout various fields in California (including The Geysers Field), Southeast Asia and Central America. His expertise includes well drilling, completion procedures and repair work. For the past decade, Mr. Fulcher worked as Pacific Area Down-Hole Systems Manager for Weatherford International, Inc.

Tim Smith has 26 years of experience as a Drilling Foreman/Superintendent in geothermal and natural gas operations, including 16 years with Calpine Corporation primarily focused on The Geysers Field. Mr. Smith has significant experience coordinating and planning drilling operations as well as drilling management.

The Geysers geothermal field, located 75 miles north of San Francisco, California, is the largest producer of geothermal electricity in the world. Commercial geothermal power has been generated continuously at The Geysers field since 1960, the present generation level being about 900 megawatts of clean, baseload electricity. Western GeoPower's Unit 1 project is situated in the south-western region of The Geysers field in Sonoma County.

Western GeoPower Corp. is a renewable energy company dedicated to the development of geothermal energy projects for the delivery of clean, sustainable, baseload electricity generation. The Company is developing The Western GeoPower Unit 1 geothermal power plant at The Geysers Geothermal Field in California, United States. Western GeoPower is also developing the South Meager Geothermal Project in British Columbia, Canada.

On behalf of Western GeoPower Corp.

Kenneth MacLeod, President & CEO

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