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Title: Assessing REE Concentrations in Geothermal and Oil and Gas Produced Waters: A Potential Domestic Source of Strategic Mineral Commodities

Abstract

The project team collected and analyzed 224 water samples and 101 matching rock samples. INL's improved method of measuring aqueous REEs allows study of samples previously thought too volume limited to measure. The study found that aqueous REEs occur at trace levels in all analyzed samples, and sometimes exceed ocean REE concentrations by a factor of 1,000. No significant predictive relationship to lithology, reservoir temperature, nor salinity was discovered, but aqueous REE concentration appears spatially controlled. Future work is needed to find the spatially-dependent variable that controls aqueous REE concentration.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
University of Wyoming
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (EE-4G)
Contributing Org.:
The Geothermal Technologies Office; Holly Thomas; Josh Mengers; The Technical Monitoring Team; Thomas Moore; Madalyn Blondes; Tanya Gallegos; Elisabeth Rowan; Colin Doolan; Mathew Varonka; Debbie Lacroix; Savannah Bachman; Kipp Coddington; Sitian Xiong; Mackensie Swift
OSTI Identifier:
1509037
Report Number(s):
DOE-UWYO-EE11111
http://gdr.openei.org/submissions/1125
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0007603
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; geothermal; energy; REE; oil and gas; geochemistry; rare earth elements; produced water; trace; recovery; resource; commodity; mineral; aqueous; concentration; spatial; spatially-dependent; variable; chemistry; sampling

Citation Formats

Quillinan, Scott, Nye, Charles, Engle, Mark, Bartos, Timothy, Neupane, Ghanashyam, Brant, Jonathan, Bagdonas, Davin, and McLaughlin, J. Fred. Assessing REE Concentrations in Geothermal and Oil and Gas Produced Waters: A Potential Domestic Source of Strategic Mineral Commodities. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1509037.
Quillinan, Scott, Nye, Charles, Engle, Mark, Bartos, Timothy, Neupane, Ghanashyam, Brant, Jonathan, Bagdonas, Davin, & McLaughlin, J. Fred. Assessing REE Concentrations in Geothermal and Oil and Gas Produced Waters: A Potential Domestic Source of Strategic Mineral Commodities. United States. doi:10.2172/1509037.
Quillinan, Scott, Nye, Charles, Engle, Mark, Bartos, Timothy, Neupane, Ghanashyam, Brant, Jonathan, Bagdonas, Davin, and McLaughlin, J. Fred. Sun . "Assessing REE Concentrations in Geothermal and Oil and Gas Produced Waters: A Potential Domestic Source of Strategic Mineral Commodities". United States. doi:10.2172/1509037. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1509037.
@article{osti_1509037,
title = {Assessing REE Concentrations in Geothermal and Oil and Gas Produced Waters: A Potential Domestic Source of Strategic Mineral Commodities},
author = {Quillinan, Scott and Nye, Charles and Engle, Mark and Bartos, Timothy and Neupane, Ghanashyam and Brant, Jonathan and Bagdonas, Davin and McLaughlin, J. Fred},
abstractNote = {The project team collected and analyzed 224 water samples and 101 matching rock samples. INL's improved method of measuring aqueous REEs allows study of samples previously thought too volume limited to measure. The study found that aqueous REEs occur at trace levels in all analyzed samples, and sometimes exceed ocean REE concentrations by a factor of 1,000. No significant predictive relationship to lithology, reservoir temperature, nor salinity was discovered, but aqueous REE concentration appears spatially controlled. Future work is needed to find the spatially-dependent variable that controls aqueous REE concentration.},
doi = {10.2172/1509037},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}