Tracer Recovery and Mixing from Two Geothermal Injection-Backflow Studies

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Injection-backflow tracer testing on a single well is not a commonly used procedure for geothermal reservoir evaluation, and, consequently, there is little published information on the character or interpretation of tracer recovery curves. Two field experiments were conducted to develop chemical tracer procedures for use with injection-backflow testing, one on the fracture-permeability Raft River reservoir and the other on the matrix-permeability East Mesa reservoir. Results from tests conducted with incremental increases in the injection volume at both East Mesa and Raft River suggests that, for both reservoirs, permeability remained uniform with increasing distance from the well bore. Increased mixing during ... continued below

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Capuano, R.M.; Adams, M.C. & Wright, P.M. December 15, 1983.

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Injection-backflow tracer testing on a single well is not a commonly used procedure for geothermal reservoir evaluation, and, consequently, there is little published information on the character or interpretation of tracer recovery curves. Two field experiments were conducted to develop chemical tracer procedures for use with injection-backflow testing, one on the fracture-permeability Raft River reservoir and the other on the matrix-permeability East Mesa reservoir. Results from tests conducted with incremental increases in the injection volume at both East Mesa and Raft River suggests that, for both reservoirs, permeability remained uniform with increasing distance from the well bore. Increased mixing during quiescent periods, between injection and backflow, at Raft River suggest an area near the well bore that has a hydrologic character different from the far well bore environment. Increased flow rates for East Mesa testing resulted in a general decrease in mixing. Comparison of recovery curves from the Raft River reservoir with those from the East Mesa reservoir suggests that mixing is greatest, and therefore permeability is greatest, in the fractured reservoir. These test results indicate that injection-backflow testing with tracers can be used successfully to characterize flow in the near-well bore environment.

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  • Proceedings, Ninth Workshop Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford Calif., December 13-15, 1983

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  • Report No.: SGP-TR-74-39
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 889714
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Capuano, R.M.; Adams, M.C. & Wright, P.M. Tracer Recovery and Mixing from Two Geothermal Injection-Backflow Studies, article, December 15, 1983; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc876883/: accessed July 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.