FALLON — Federal land managers have approved plans for construction of up to seven geothermal power plants in a portion of Churchill County southeast of Fallon.
The Bureau of Land Management approved the Salt Wells projects proposed by Ormat Nevada, Gradient Resources and NV Energy.
The projects include one geothermal power plant proposed by Ormat Nevada and up to six such plants proposed by Gradient Resources.
They also include an NV Energy transmission line that would extend from Fallon south to the Salt Wells area just east of Carson Lake.
The projects are estimated to create about 370 temporary jobs during construction and 70 permanent jobs.
The BLM issued three records of decision on the environmental impact statement for the projects.