Hydrologic properties of the Dixie Valley, Nevada, geothermal reservoir from well-test analyses

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Temperature, pressure, and spinner (TPS) logs have been recorded in several wells from the Dixie Valley Geothermal Reservoir in west central Nevada. A variety of well-test analyses has been performed with these data to quantify the hydrologic properties of this fault-dominated geothermal resource. Four complementary analytical techniques were employed, their individual application depending upon availability and quality of data and validity of scientific assumptions. In some instances, redundancy in methodologies was used to decouple interrelated terms. The methods were (1) step-drawdown, variable-discharge test; (2) recovery analysis; (3) damped-oscillation response; and (4) injection test. To date, TPS logs from five wells ... continued below

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Morin, R.H.; Hickman, S.H.; Barton, C.A.; Shapiro, A.M.; Benoit, W.R. & Sass, J.H. August 1, 1998.

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  • Morin, R.H. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States)
  • Hickman, S.H. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  • Barton, C.A. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Geophysics
  • Shapiro, A.M. Geological Survey, Reston, VA (United States)
  • Benoit, W.R. Oxbow Geothermal Corp., Reno, NV (United States)
  • Sass, J.H. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ (United States)

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Temperature, pressure, and spinner (TPS) logs have been recorded in several wells from the Dixie Valley Geothermal Reservoir in west central Nevada. A variety of well-test analyses has been performed with these data to quantify the hydrologic properties of this fault-dominated geothermal resource. Four complementary analytical techniques were employed, their individual application depending upon availability and quality of data and validity of scientific assumptions. In some instances, redundancy in methodologies was used to decouple interrelated terms. The methods were (1) step-drawdown, variable-discharge test; (2) recovery analysis; (3) damped-oscillation response; and (4) injection test. To date, TPS logs from five wells have been examined and results fall into two distinct categories. Productive, economically viable wells have permeability-thickness values on the order of 10{sup 5} millidarcy-meter (mD-m) and storativities of about 10{sup {minus}3}. Low-productivity wells, sometimes located only a few kilometers from their permeable counterparts, are artesian and display a sharp reduction in permeability-thickness to about 10 mD-m with storativities on the order of 10{sup {minus}4}. These results demonstrate that the hydrologic characteristics of this liquid-dominated geothermal system exhibit a significant spatial variability along the range-bounding normal fault that forms the predominant aquifer. A large-scale, coherent model of the Dixie Valley Geothermal Reservoir will require an understanding of the nature of this heterogeneity and the parameters that control it.

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  • 23. Stanford workshop on geothermal reservoir engineering, Stanford, CA (United States), 26-28 Jan 1998

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  • Report No.: DOE/ID/13463--T1-Pt.2
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 656553
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Morin, R.H.; Hickman, S.H.; Barton, C.A.; Shapiro, A.M.; Benoit, W.R. & Sass, J.H. Hydrologic properties of the Dixie Valley, Nevada, geothermal reservoir from well-test analyses, article, August 1, 1998; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc712365/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.