Problems of Silica Scaling at Cerro Prieto Geothrmal Power Station

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In the Cerro Prieto Geothermal field, where the predominant fluid in the reservoir is water, they have had problems with silica and other deposits in the first exploration wells as well as in production wells. Scaling problems have also been encountered in silencers, cyclone separators, drains, water pipes, etc. Some scale problems have also been encountered in the turbine blades of the geothermal electric plant. Most of these problems have been solved by corrective procedures which, in some cases, have turned into routine. Scale deposition is a problem that certainly diminishes the useful capacity of geothermal fluids with water predominance, ... continued below

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Mercado, S. & Guiza, J. January 1, 1976.

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In the Cerro Prieto Geothermal field, where the predominant fluid in the reservoir is water, they have had problems with silica and other deposits in the first exploration wells as well as in production wells. Scaling problems have also been encountered in silencers, cyclone separators, drains, water pipes, etc. Some scale problems have also been encountered in the turbine blades of the geothermal electric plant. Most of these problems have been solved by corrective procedures which, in some cases, have turned into routine. Scale deposition is a problem that certainly diminishes the useful capacity of geothermal fluids with water predominance, but it does not actually endanger the installations, since this problem is under control.

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  • Conference on scale management in geothermal energy development, San Diego, CA, August 2-4, 1976

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  • Report No.: COO-2607-4
  • Report No.: CONF-760844-7
  • Grant Number: E(11-1)-2607
  • Grant Number: NSF-G-AER-74-17445
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 886861
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc892533

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Mercado, S. & Guiza, J. Problems of Silica Scaling at Cerro Prieto Geothrmal Power Station, article, January 1, 1976; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc892533/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.