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Title: The Convergence of Heat, Groundwater & Fracture Permeability. Innovative Play Fairway Modelling Applied to the Tularosa Basin Phase 1 Project Report

This report summarizes the activities and key findings of the project team occurring during Phase 1 (August 2014-October 2015) of the Tularosa Basin Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis Project. The Tularosa Basin Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) project tested two distinct geothermal exploration methodologies covering the entire basin within South Central New Mexico and Far West Texas. Throughout the initial phase of the project, the underexplored basin proved to be a challenging, yet ideal test bed to evaluate effectiveness of the team’s data collection techniques as well as the effectiveness of our innovative PFA. Phase 1 of the effort employed a low-cost, pragmatic approach using two methods to identify potential geothermal plays within the study area and then compared and contrasted the results of each method to rank and evaluate potential plays. Both methods appear to be very effective and highly transferable to other areas.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Ruby Mountain Inc., Salt Lake City, UT (United States)
  2. Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States). Energy & Geoscience Institute
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1233435
Report Number(s):
Phase 1 Final Report
DOE Contract Number:
EE0006730
Resource Type:
Other
Research Org:
Ruby Mountain Inc., Salt Lake City, UT (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (EE-4G)
Contributing Orgs:
Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States). Energy & Geoscience Institute
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY geothermal exploration; geothermal play fairway analysis; Tularosa Basin