Two geothermal well scientific holes to be plugged, abandoned in Puna

PUNA — The Department of Land and Natural Resources has contracted with Water Resources International, Inc., to plug and abandon two geothermal scientific wells located in Pahoa.

The contract award amount for the plugging and abandonment of the two wells was $2,036,000.

Representatives from DLNR Engineering Division, their consultant Brown and Caldwell, and Water Resources International will attend the Puna Geothermal Ventures community meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 8, from, 6-8 p.m. at Pahoa Community Center, 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa. They will be available to answer any questions on the project.

Drilled in 1991 for research purposes to monitor temperature gradients down the shafts, the two wells are no longer being used by the University of Hawaii or DLNR for geothermal resource monitoring purposes. 

Initial site clearing and preparations are now ongoing at the site of SOH-1 and by about December 12 work will begin on plugging the well and restoring the area with SOH-2 to follow in a similar manner. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 3 months. Work hours will be limited to between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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