A Field Study of Tracer and Geochemistry Behavior During Hydraulic Fracturing of a Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Reservoir

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Tracer and geochemistry measurements in fractured Hot Dry Rock (HDR) geothermal reservoirs are usually performed after a fracture connection has been established and constant, nearly equal inlet and outlet flow rates have been achieved. however, during hydraulic fracturing experiments designed to create a low-impedance fracture connection between two wells, the inlet and outlet flow rates can be dramatically different and can vary during the test, forcing us to revise the common analytical methods for interpreting tracer response curves and geochemistry behavior. This study presents tracer and geochemistry data from several hydraulic fracturing experiments at the Fenton Hill, NM, HDR geothermal ... continued below

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Robinson, Bruce A. January 21, 1986.

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Tracer and geochemistry measurements in fractured Hot Dry Rock (HDR) geothermal reservoirs are usually performed after a fracture connection has been established and constant, nearly equal inlet and outlet flow rates have been achieved. however, during hydraulic fracturing experiments designed to create a low-impedance fracture connection between two wells, the inlet and outlet flow rates can be dramatically different and can vary during the test, forcing us to revise the common analytical methods for interpreting tracer response curves and geochemistry behavior. This study presents tracer and geochemistry data from several hydraulic fracturing experiments at the Fenton Hill, NM, HDR geothermal reservoir. Tracers have been injected at various times during these tests: (1) initially, before any flow communication existing between the wells; (2) shortly after a flow connection was established; and (3) after the outlet flow had increased to its steady state value. An idealized flow model consisting of a combination of main fracture flow paths and fluid leakoff into secondary permeability explains the different tracer response curves for these cases, and allows us to predict the fracture volume of the main paths. The geochemistry during these experiments supports our previously developed models postulating the existence of a high concentration indigenous ''pore fluid''. Also, the quartz and Na-K-Ca geothermometers have been used successfully to identify the temperatures and depths at which fluid traveled while in the reservoir. The quartz geothermometer is somewhat more reliable because at these high temperatures (about 250 C) the injected fluid can come to equilibrium with quartz in the reservoir. The Na-K-Ca geothermometer relies on obtaining a sample of the indigenous pore fluid, and thus is somewhat susceptible to problems of dilution with the injection fluid.

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  • Proceedings, Eleventh Workshop Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, January 21-23, 1986

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  • Report No.: SGP-TR-93-27
  • Grant Number: AS03-80SF11459
  • Grant Number: AS07-84ID12529
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 887141
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc875407

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Robinson, Bruce A. A Field Study of Tracer and Geochemistry Behavior During Hydraulic Fracturing of a Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Reservoir, article, January 21, 1986; Los Alamos, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc875407/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.