Ormat Technologies says its 20 MW Amatitlan geothermal power plant was temporarily shut down following Friday’s eruption of Volcano De Pacaya in Guatemala to safeguard equipment.
There were no injuries to staff at the geothermal facility and a preliminary inspection shows no substantial equipment damage.
The geothermal power plant will require a thorough cleaning prior to restarting, say officials, who are assessing how long it will take to repair minor damage before the facility is back on line.
“Our concern and thoughts are with the refugees and adjacent communities of San Francisco de Sales, San Jose Caldera, El Cedro, and El Bejucal,” says Lucien Bronicki of Ormat. “Many homes were damaged and many people in these communities were severely impacted by the eruption.”
Ormat is the only vertically-integrated company engaged primary in geothermal energy. It designs, develops, owns and operates geothermal plants around the world.
It has four decades of experience in geothermal energy and has a presence in the United States, Guatemala, Kenya and Nicaragua.
According to the BBC, the tropical Storm Agatha has left at least 150 people dead since Saturday, most of them in Guatemala.