Hawaii Geothermal plant shuts due to Lava leaks

Published: 23 May 2018 By Grace Kimberley

 

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Wells at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant on Big Island have been shut down due to lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano, reaching 200 to 300 yards away from the nearest well pad.

According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the volcano’s fast eruption commenced just after 6 pm local time on Monday 21st May.

As a precaution, workers have had no choice but to shut down the project, preventing the release of toxic chemicals and gases.

Employees at the plant worked through the night to halt operations at PGV, but the project’s discontinuing means 25% of Big Island’s power has been lost.

County officials say: “County, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities,”

Geologists deem the eruption as one of the “biggest upheavals in a century from one of the world’s most active volcanoes”, increasing fears among county officials, PGV workers, and the local community.

“The resulting ash plume may affect surrounding areas,” read a report by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

 

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