Geothermal wells: a forecast of drilling activity

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Numbers and problems for geothermal wells expected to be drilled in the United States between 1981 and 2000 AD are forecasted. The 3800 wells forecasted for major electric power projects (totaling 6 GWe of capacity) are categorized by type (production, etc.), and by location (The Geysers, etc.). 6000 wells are forecasted for direct heat projects (totaling 0.02 Quads per year). Equations are developed for forecasting the number of wells, and data is presented. Drilling and completion problems in The Geysers, The Imperial Valley, Roosevelt Hot Springs, the Valles Caldera, northern Nevada, Klamath Falls, Reno, Alaska, and Pagosa Springs are discussed. ... continued below

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Brown, G.L.; Mansure, A.J. & Miewald, J.N. July 1, 1981.

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Numbers and problems for geothermal wells expected to be drilled in the United States between 1981 and 2000 AD are forecasted. The 3800 wells forecasted for major electric power projects (totaling 6 GWe of capacity) are categorized by type (production, etc.), and by location (The Geysers, etc.). 6000 wells are forecasted for direct heat projects (totaling 0.02 Quads per year). Equations are developed for forecasting the number of wells, and data is presented. Drilling and completion problems in The Geysers, The Imperial Valley, Roosevelt Hot Springs, the Valles Caldera, northern Nevada, Klamath Falls, Reno, Alaska, and Pagosa Springs are discussed. Likely areas for near term direct heat projects are identified.

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  • Other: DE82003109
  • Report No.: SAND-81-7127
  • Grant Number: AC04-76DP00789
  • DOI: 10.2172/5987952 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1098265

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Brown, G.L.; Mansure, A.J. & Miewald, J.N. Geothermal wells: a forecast of drilling activity, report, July 1, 1981; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1098265/: accessed June 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.