A New Geothermal Resource Map Of Nicaragua

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Conference Paper: A New Geothermal Resource Map Of Nicaragua

Abstract
A recently completed Geothermal Master Plan Study of Nicaragua assesses the geothermal resource potential of the identified fields and prospects in the country. During the course of the 18-month study, existing data were compiled and evaluated and new exploration work was conducted to determine, for each of ten geothermal resource areas studied: 1) the current level of knowledge about the resource; 2) its exploration or development status; 3) a conceptual model of the geothermal system or systems (incorporating geology, volcanology, geophysics, hydrology, fluid chemistry and geothermometry); 4) estimated recoverable energy reserves; 5) environmental, infrastructural and/or logistical constraints on development; and 6) options for further investigation and development. The Master Plan study represents the first comprehensive assessment of the geotherfined geothermal resource areas located along Nicaragua's volcanic cordillera. From NW to SE, these areas are Volch Cosiguina, Volcin Casita-San Cristbbal, Volciin Telica-El fiajo, San Jacinto-Tizate, El Hoyo-Monte Galiin, Momotombo, Managua-Chiltepe, Tipitapa. Masaya-Granada-Nandaime and Isla de Ometepe (Figure 1). In each of these areas, existing data were compiled and evaluated and new exploration work was conducted to determine: 1) the current level of knowledge about the resource; 2) its exploration or development status; 3) a conceptual model of the geothermal system or systems (incorporating geology, volcanology, geophysics, hydrology, fluid chemistry and geothermometry); 4) estimated recoverable energy reserves; 5) environmental, infrastructural and/or logistical constraints on development; and 6) options for further mal resources of Nicaragua in two decades, and surpasses previous studies in its scope. Energy reserves were estimated using a combination of techniques that addresses the difficult problem of evaluating areas that have very different levels of exploration and development.

Authors 
Christopher W. Klein, Roger C. Henneberger, Ann Robertson-Tait, Rann R. Shultz, Subir K. Sanyal, Luis VelQzquez and Cioconda Guevara








Published 
GRC, 2001





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Citation

Christopher W. Klein,Roger C. Henneberger,Ann Robertson-Tait,Rann R. Shultz,Subir K. Sanyal,Luis VelQzquez,Cioconda Guevara. 2001. A New Geothermal Resource Map Of Nicaragua. In: (!) ; (!) ; (!) . (!) : GRC; p. (!)