Characterization of injection wells in a fractured reservoir using PTS logs, Steamboat Hills Geothermal Field, Nevada, USA
The Steamboat Hills Geothermal Field in northwestern Nevada, about 15 km south of Reno, is a shallow (150m to 825m) moderate temperature (155 C to 168 C) liquid-dominated geothermal reservoir situated in highly-fractured granodiorite. Three injection wells were drilled and completed in granodiorite to dispose of spent geothermal fluids from the Steamboat II and III power plants (a 30 MW air-cooled binary-type facility). Injection wells were targeted to depths below 300m to inject spent fluids below producing fractures. First, quasi-static downhole pressure-temperature-spinner (PTS) logs were obtained. Then, the three wells were injection-tested using fluids between 80 C and 106 C at rates from 70 kg/s to 200 kg/s. PTS logs were run both up and down the wells during these injection tests. These PTS surveys have delineated the subsurface fracture zones which will accept fluid. The relative injectivity of the wells was also established. Shut-in interzonal flow within the wells was identified and characterized.
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- Conference: Proceedings, Twentieth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, January 24-26, 1995
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- Geological Engineering consultant, Richmond, CA; Geo Hills Associated, Los Altos Hill, CA
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- United States
- 15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 02 PETROLEUM; FRACTURED RESERVOIRS; FRACTURES; GEOTHERMAL FIELDS; GEOTHERMAL FLUIDS; GRANODIORITES; INJECTION WELLS; NEVADA; POWER PLANTS; RESERVOIR ENGINEERING; USA; Geothermal Legacy
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