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Title: Technical Requirements for Geothermal Resource Confirmation

Abstract

In 2017-2018, the Bureau of Land Management's Renewable Energy Coordination Office, through its Geothermal Program, funded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to analyze technical and environmental considerations related to geothermal resource confirmation drilling. NREL solicited input from a group of technical and environmental experts in the geothermal industry, along with analyzing National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) documentation for previously approved projects. The collected data and analysis will be used by the Bureau of Land Management to examine the possibility of developing a new classification of wells and/or expediting the NEPA compliance process, which could potentially reduce permitting and regulatory compliance timelines when compared to the current process for obtaining a geothermal drilling permit for resource confirmation drilling activities. This paper provides a summary of the technical requirements for confirming a geothermal resource. The analysis showed that confirming a geothermal resource requires confirming reservoir temperature, chemistry, permeability, and flow rate. Obtaining these data requires drilling at least two-preferably three-successful wells into the resource to conduct the necessary tests, including an interference test. Bottom-hole well diameters of at least 6'' to 8'' (0.15 to 0.2 m) are needed to limit the wellbore frictional pressure drop to effectively perform wellmore » flow and interference tests. Drilling these wells requires a drill rig with a mud pump and derrick capable of holding three drill pipes. This type of rig requires a minimum well-pad size of 2.5 acres (104 m2) including surface area for a 1 million-gallon (3.8 million-liter) pit. Up to 15 acres (5x104 m2) of total surface disturbance are needed for developing access roads and well pads to drill a total of three to five wells.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
OSTI Identifier:
1494062
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5500-71740
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the Geothermal Resources Council 2018 Annual Meeting: Geothermal's Role in Today's Energy Market, (GRC 2018), 14-17 October 2018, Reno, Nevada
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; geothermal; geothermal resource confirmation; geothermal wells; well pads; surface disturbance; well tests

Citation Formats

Beckers, Koenraad J, and Young, Katherine R. Technical Requirements for Geothermal Resource Confirmation. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Beckers, Koenraad J, & Young, Katherine R. Technical Requirements for Geothermal Resource Confirmation. United States.
Beckers, Koenraad J, and Young, Katherine R. Wed . "Technical Requirements for Geothermal Resource Confirmation". United States.
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abstractNote = {In 2017-2018, the Bureau of Land Management's Renewable Energy Coordination Office, through its Geothermal Program, funded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to analyze technical and environmental considerations related to geothermal resource confirmation drilling. NREL solicited input from a group of technical and environmental experts in the geothermal industry, along with analyzing National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) documentation for previously approved projects. The collected data and analysis will be used by the Bureau of Land Management to examine the possibility of developing a new classification of wells and/or expediting the NEPA compliance process, which could potentially reduce permitting and regulatory compliance timelines when compared to the current process for obtaining a geothermal drilling permit for resource confirmation drilling activities. This paper provides a summary of the technical requirements for confirming a geothermal resource. The analysis showed that confirming a geothermal resource requires confirming reservoir temperature, chemistry, permeability, and flow rate. Obtaining these data requires drilling at least two-preferably three-successful wells into the resource to conduct the necessary tests, including an interference test. Bottom-hole well diameters of at least 6'' to 8'' (0.15 to 0.2 m) are needed to limit the wellbore frictional pressure drop to effectively perform well flow and interference tests. Drilling these wells requires a drill rig with a mud pump and derrick capable of holding three drill pipes. This type of rig requires a minimum well-pad size of 2.5 acres (104 m2) including surface area for a 1 million-gallon (3.8 million-liter) pit. Up to 15 acres (5x104 m2) of total surface disturbance are needed for developing access roads and well pads to drill a total of three to five wells.},
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