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CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE
Power of the Earth
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RAM POWER IS DEVELOPING A LARGE GEOTHERMAL POWER GENERATION SITE IN NICARAGUA THAT COULD BE ONE OF CENTRAL AMERICA’S LARGEST.
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As developing nations come into their own, their demand for energy only increases, making it necessary to tap into new and alternative sources of power. One of those alternative energy sources is geothermal, and one of the companies leading the way in utilizing that resource in North and Central America is Ram Power Corp. The company is hard at work on a large geothermal power generation project in Nicaragua, and Operations Manager Jose Antonio Rodriguez says it has the potential to be the largest facility of its kind in Central America. Located in northwest Nicaragua, the San Jacinto-Tizate geothermal facility currently generates 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity for the local power grid. Ram Power is expanding that capacity, however, and once completed the project is expected to provide 72 MW of power for Nicaragua. “San Jacinto has been for Ram Power its ﬁrst generating asset, and right now
-----------------------------------------------[ P R O F I L E ] Ram Power Corp. www.ram-power.com Headquarters: Reno, Nev. Specialty: Geothermal power Employees: 300 -------------------------------------------------------------// San Jacinto could be Central America’s largest geothermal field once fully developed.
[the expansion] is in the most advanced construction stages,” Rodriguez says. “It’ll be Ram Power’s ﬁrst large generating asset.” San Jacinto-Tizate will soon be the third-largest geothermal generation facility in Central America in terms of installed capacity. There’s also the possibility that the project could become bigger. Rodriguez says the western sector of the San Jacinte-Tizate project has yet to be fully explored and developed, and estimates that
portion of the site could produce as much energy as the current location. If so, he continues, San Jacinte-Tizate could become the largest geothermal ﬁeld in Central America. Extra Power The expansion of San Jacinto-Tizate involves the installation of two 36 MW steam turbines manufactured by Fuji Electric. This includes drilling additional wells to generate the steam needed to run
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Management Today - Winter 2011
Millionaire Mega Toys
Meridian Credit Union
Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
L’Oreal USA Consumers Products Division
Bud’s Best Cookies
Crest Foam Industries
The Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
S. Freedman & Sons Inc.
History vs. Reality
McAlpine Ltd. – Cayman Islands Government Administration Building
Ram Power Corp.
Golden State Framers
Russell Redi-Mix Concrete
Airline Hotels & Resorts Inc.
Winnipeg Airports Authority
PKS Equipment & Engineering Inc.
The Hazelton Hotel
PCL Constructors – Durham Consolidated Courthouse
Parker Hannifin Canada
Stevens Resource Group Inc.
Management Today - Winter 2011