Argentina - Electricity Generation

During the last years, few advancances have been produced in most of the geothermal fields oriented to power generation. A potential evaluation of the Copahue geothermal field indicated that it could generate electricity, using the existing steam of approximately 1,200 m deep with a capacity of 30 MWe. Also in the Neuquén province was calling a public bid for private investors interested in building and operating a future plant for the generation of electrical power of 30 MWe, with an investment of 100 million US dollars. Other areas are currently under evaluation (Domuyo, Los Despoblados, Tuzgle-Tocomar, Peteroa and Los Molles and Termas de Río Hondo) (Pesce, 2015).

Source:  Ruggero Bertani, Geothermal Power Generation in the World 2010-2014 Update Report


There is no installed geothermal generating capacity as for December 2009. 

The only geothermal plant of the country, the small demonstration binary unit of Copahue (670 kW), installed in 1988 has been decommissioned in 1996. It was powered by a single well with 171°C fluid, at 800-1,200 m depth and flow rate of about 2 kg/s. A new plant for 30 MW in that site is under consideration. Six other projects are at different stage of development, even if the geothermal electricity contribution of the country is expected to be modest.

Taken from Ruggero Bertani’s paper, " Geothermal Power Generation in the World 2005–2010 Update Report ", published in Proceedings of the World Geothermal Congress 2010, Bali, Indonesia, 25-29 April 2010.