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Geothermal Power Plants, 3rd Edition by Ronald DiPippo

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Chapter 18

Magmamax Binary Power Plant, East Mesa, Imperial Valley, California, USA

“… the greatest dividend I ever had in my life came the day I went into the geothermal steam business, not from the standpoint of money, but from the standpoint of mental interest.”

Barkman C. “B.C.” McCabe – 1969

The East Mesa geothermal field lies roughly 17 miles east of Heber in California’s Imperial Valley, and like the Heber field, is a “hidden” geothermal resource, lacking any surface thermal manifestations. Interest in the area began in 1968, and exploration and tests were conducted in the 1970s that paved the way for the ...

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