Characterization Of Geothermal Reservoirs With Electrical Surveys- Beowawe Geothermal Field

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Journal Article: Characterization Of Geothermal Reservoirs With Electrical Surveys- Beowawe Geothermal Field

Abstract
The work reported here was undertaken to test the utility of electrical surveys for geothermal reservoir characterization using existing exploration and well data sets from the operating Beowawe geothermal field located in the Basin and Range Province of western USA. The STAR geothermal reservoir simulator was used to model the natural state of the system, and to compute the subsurface distributions of temperature and salinity, which were in turn utilized to calculate pore-fluid resistivity. Archie's law, which relates formation resistivity to porosity and pore-fluid resistivity, was adopted to infer the formation resistivity distribution. Subsequently, direct current (DC) resistivity, magnetotelluric (MT) and self-potential (SP) postprocessors were used to compute the expected response corresponding to available survey data. The measured apparent resistivity distribution from a dipole-dipole DC resistivity survey is in good agreement with the computed values. The calculated self-potential distribution agrees with the main features of an available SP survey. Although the computed MT apparent resistivity sounding curves reproduce the shapes of the measured MT sounding curves, an overall scale factor exists between the measured and calculated MT responses, and similarly with the computed dipole-dipole resistivity model. Possible reasons are static shifts in the coarsely sampled MT stations, and resistivity anisotropy due to the stratigraphy. Taken as a whole, the results of this study support the view that a suite of carefully designed electrical surveys (DC, MT, and SP) may be employed to infer favorable subsurface geothermal reservoir characteristics.

Authors 
Sabodh K. Garg, John W. Pritchett, Philip E. Wannamaker and Jim Combs








Published Journal 
Geothermics, 2007





DOI 
10.1016/j.geothermics.2007.07.005


 

Citation

Sabodh K. Garg,John W. Pritchett,Philip E. Wannamaker,Jim Combs. 2007. Characterization Of Geothermal Reservoirs With Electrical Surveys- Beowawe Geothermal Field. Geothermics. (!) .