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Vancouver, B.C., Canada, June 14, 2010 - Magma Energy Corp. (TSX: MXY) is pleased to provide an update on its activities at three of its Nevada projects. At the Soda Lake operation, the Phase 1 Expansion program is on-going with further field optimization activities and new drilling planned to increase the plant output to its nameplate capacity of 23 MW from its current 13.5 MW. Costs remain well under the initial budget of $18.2 million, with $14 million spent as of the last quarter. These costs are expected to be qualified expenditures for the 30% U.S. Treasury Department Energy Grant cost recovery program.
The deep well drilled last year, 41B-33, is midway through a 28 day injection test to determine its potential to contribute to the full field water re-injection strategy. Concurrent with this test, the well's shallow production zone that was encountered during the initial drilling is being evaluated as a future producer to the plant. A new production well, 25A-33, is expected to begin drilling at the end of June to a target depth of 4,000 feet. Drilling pad preparation is underway at the site and a drilling rig has been contracted. Results from the drilling and subsequent testing of 25A-33 are expected in August.
The Phase 2 Soda Lake expansion has also commenced. Phase 2 targets an initial 14 MW online by the end of 2013, bringing the field output to 37 MW. The entire Soda Lake field has a combined Indicated and Proved gross output potential of 61 MW based upon the Geothermal Reporting Code. Seismic permits have been received and a seismic program will begin shortly, with temperature gradient wells expected to be drilled in late summer. Last year, Magma won a $5 million Department of Energy Innovative Exploration and Drilling grant for this work and is receiving funding from the grant as expenses are submitted.
Andrea Zaradic, Magma's Vice President Operations and Development commented, "We are pleased with our Soda Lake field and plant optimization program, new production well targets and potential for further expansion. The team in place brings a wealth of knowledge that is leading to operational gains that will help conclude the Phase 1 Expansion and execute the Phase 2 plan."
Work is also underway at Magma's other Nevada properties. At McCoy, permits for 19 drill pads have been submitted and a magneto-telluric (MT) survey has been designed. A 1,000 foot deep temperature gradient well is planned for September pending permitting. At Desert Queen, Magma recently acquired two additional leases at the May BLM auction, thus improving its land position in the area. Drilling of four temperature gradient wells earlier this year has shown encouraging results.
Please visit the link, http://www.magmaenergycorp.com/s/Projects, to view our photo and video gallery of Soda Lake.
About Magma Energy Corp.
Magma Energy Corp. is a geothermal power company which operates, develops, explores and acquires geothermal energy projects. We have an extensive portfolio of properties throughout the western United States, Iceland and Latin America, including one operating power plant in Nevada and two other operating power plants in Iceland.
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Alison Thompson, Vice President, Corporate Relations
Magma Energy Corp.
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