Phase 1: Reservoir feasibility including site control, reservoir performance, economic viability, and environmental impacts.
Phase 2: Commercial plant engineering, procurement and construction, and commissioning.
Phase 3: Operations monitoring and technology transfer.
Only Phase 1 is currently funded. It is envisioned that at the end of this first phase, in the 4th Quarter of 2015, a decision will be made on whether to move forward with seeking the required regulatory approvals to proceed to Phase 2. This decision will be based on information learned in Phase 1.
The commercial-scale project has a nominal output capacity of 300 megawatts (MW) –similar to a mid-sized power plant- for up to ten hours. It is estimated that a commercial plant could come on-line in the 2020-2021 timeframe.