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Title: Tularosa Basin Play Fairway Analysis: Methodology Flow Charts

These images show the comprehensive methodology used for creation of a Play Fairway Analysis to explore the geothermal resource potential of the Tularosa Basin, New Mexico. The deterministic methodology was originated by the petroleum industry, but was custom-modified to function as a knowledge-based geothermal exploration tool. The stochastic PFA flow chart uses weights of evidence, and is data-driven.
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DOE Geothermal Data Repository; University of Utah
University of Utah
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Program (EE-2C)
15 Geothermal Energy; geothermal; PFA; play fairway analysis; flow chart; methodology; deterministic; Tularosa; Tularosa Basin; New Mexico; Fort Bliss; McGregor Range; Stochastic; weights of evidence; probability kriging; deterministics; tularosa; exploration; probability; kriging; wofe; stochastic
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  1. The Geothermal Data Repository (GDR) is the submission point for all data collected from researchers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office (DOE GTO). The DOE GTO is providing access to its geothermal project information through the GDR. The GDR is powered by OpenEI, an energy information portal sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
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  1. These models are related to weights of evidence play fairway anlaysis of the Tularosa Basin, New Mexico and Texas. They were created through Spatial Data Modeler: ArcMAP 9.3 geoprocessing tools for spatial data modeling using weights of evidence, logistic regression, fuzzy logic and neural networks.more » It used to identify high values for potential geothermal plays and low values. The results are relative not only within the Tularosa Basin, but also throughout New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and other places where high to moderate enthalpy geothermal systems are present (training sites). « less
  2. This is the inversion resistivity data from a magnetotelluric survey done as part of Phase 2 Tularosa Basin, New Mexico, geothermal play fairway analysis. The data covers part of McGregor Range, Fort Bliss. The inversion was done by Phil Wannamaker and Virginia Maris of themore » Energy & Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. The data are contained in a text file and data coordinates represent grid cell centers. « less
  3. This is a zipped file containing raw magnetotelluric (MT) data collected as part of the Phase 2 Tularosa Basin geothermal play fairway analysis project in New Mexico. The data for each MT station are in standard .edi text files which are accompanied by graphic filesmore » illustrating details. These data cover part of McGregor Range, Fort Bliss, New Mexico. The MT survey was done by Quantec Geoscience. « less
  4. This is a zipped ArcGIS shapefile containing faults mapped for the Tularosa Basin geothermal play fairway analysis project. The faults were interpolated from gravity and seismic (NASA area) data, and from geomorphic features on aerial photography. Field work was also done for validation of faultsmore » which had surface expressions. « less
  5. This submission of Utilization Analysis data to the Geothermal Data Repository (GDR) node of the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) is in support of Phase 1 Low Temperature Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis for the Appalachian Basin (project DE-EE0006726). The submission includes data pertinent to themore » methods and results of an analysis of the Surface Levelized Cost of Heat (SLCOH) for US Census Bureau Places within the study area. This was calculated using a modification of a program called GEOPHIRES, available at The MATLAB modules used in conjunction with GEOPHIRES, the MATLAB data input file, the GEOPHIRES output data file, and an explanation of the software components have been provided. Results of the SLCOH analysis appear on 4 .png image files as mapped risk of heat utilization. For each of the 4 image (.png) files, there is an accompanying georeferenced TIF (.tif) file by the same name. In addition to calculating SLCOH, this Task 4 also identified many sites that may be prospects for use of a geothermal district heating system, based on their size and industry, rather than on the SLCOH. An industry sorted listing of the sites (.xlsx) and a map of these sites plotted as a layer onto different iterations of maps combining the three geological risk factors (Thermal Quality, Natural Reservoir Quality, and Risk of Seismicity) has been provided. In addition to the 6 image (.png) files of the maps in this series, a shape (.shp) file and 7 associated files are included as well. Finally, supporting files (.pdf) describing the utilization analysis methodology and summarizing the anticipated permitting for a deep district heating system are supplied. UPDATE: Newer version of the Utilization Analysis has been added here: « less