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For immediate release: April 15, 2003
Media Contact: Chris Davis - (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Preliminary Analysis
of Salton Sea Unit Six Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission released the Preliminary Staff Assessment today for the Salton Sea Geothermal Unit Six Power Plant project. The report contains a discussion of some of the unresolved impacts in eight of 20 technical areas, includes some early conclusions and recommendations, and outlines the additional information needed in these eight areas. The Energy Commission staff requires this information to complete its analysis of the project and make recommendations in the Final Staff Assessment.

The staff proposes that the publication of the Final Staff Assessment be linked to the receipt of all of the critical information identified in the report released today. The areas in which more information is needed include air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, traffic and transportation, visual resources, waste management, water and soils, and transmission system engineering.

The Preliminary Staff Assessment is available on the Energy Commission website at:


The report does not represent a decision or proposed decision on the Salton Sea Unit Six project. The Energy Commission staff will conduct one or more workshops in early May to take comments on the Preliminary Staff Assessment, collect information and work toward resolving the outstanding issues. A notice of the public workshops will be posted on the website listed above.

The Energy Commission will also accept written comments on the Preliminary Staff Assessment until the workshops conclude. Comments must be addressed to:

Salton Sea Unit Six Geothermal Power Project
Attn: Robert Worl
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 15
Sacramento, CA 95814
- or by e-mail -

CE Obsidian Energy, LLC, is proposing to build the Salton Sea Unit Six Geothermal project near the southern end of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, within the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area. The project site is an 80-acre portion of a 160-acre parcel owned by the applicant, approximately six miles north of Calipatria, California.

If approved and constructed, Salton Sea Unit Six will consist of a geothermal steam power plant featuring a high-efficiency steam turbine with a net output of 185-megawatts, associated water supply, production and reinjection wells, brine pipelines, two 161 kilovolt transmission lines, and a switchyard. More than 85 percent of the geothermal facility's output is contracted to the Imperial Irrigation District for 20 years following project completion.

Public input is an important part of the California Energy Commission's power plant licensing process. To find out how to participate, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, toll free at (800) 822-6228 or by e-mail at:


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