Go to the Oreana Energy web site.
Oreana Energy is a joint venture project of Trabits Group, LLC
and D R Smith, LLC
Oreana Energy controls 1,280 acres of mineral lease land, which contain a large reserve of the rare natural zeolite, ferrierite as well as the more common zeolite, mordenite. The deposit is 13 miles by paved road west of Lovelock, Nevada. Lovelock is adjacent to Interstate Highway 80 and is the County Seat of Pershing County. Lovelock has an industrial park located along the mainline of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
The Lovelock zeolite deposit was discovered by Union Carbide in the late 1950's and was later leased to W. R. Grace Company. W. R. Grace used the rare ferrierite as "seed" material to develop and later patent a synthetic zeolite. The deposit has been dormant until Oreana Energy recognized that ferrierite has unique applications in modern technology.
Fieldwork indicates zeolite-rich beds that crop out in an area 4,000 feet north south and averaging 2,000 feet wide. The ferrierite is present in the central part of the deposit with a stratigraphic thickness of 55 feet. The mordenite is contained within a hill southeast of the main ferrierite occurrence. Mordenite has heat and acid stability qualities that make it useful in some chemical operations.
Colado Geothermal Resource
The Oreana Energy Colado Geothermal Project consists of approximately 1,240 acres.
Eighteen temperature gradient holes (~500ft), two intermediate-depth holes (~1,500ft) and an 8,000 ft exploratory well have been drilled in the area. Subsurface temperatures have demonstrated a shallow outflow zone in the western portion of the lease area with maximum temperatures in excess of 210°F at depths of 300 -500 feet below surface. To the east a deep exploratory well indicated a maximum temperature of 282°F at 7,000 ft, suggesting the primary upflow zone of the geothermal system is associated with typical Basin and Range structures along the west side of the Humboldt Range. Similar existing geothermal systems occur along this trend e.g. Rye Patch (20 miles NE); Brady's (50 miles to the SW).
In addition to drilling, extensive geophysical and geochemical studies have been completed including gravity and magnetic, dc resistivity soundings and profiling, time domain EM, scalar MT-AMT and telluric profiling. Getty Oil completed the initial exploration, drilling and development in the area assisted by University of Utah under grant funds from the US Department of Energy. Some of this data is old and should be updated using newer techniques; however the lease area was recognized in the late 1970's, and early 1980's as one which warranted exploration focus.
Colado Geothermal Area