Development of a plan to implement enhanced geothermal system (EGS) in the animas valley, New Mexico

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Report: Development of a plan to implement enhanced geothermal system (EGS) in the animas valley, New Mexico

Abstract
The concept of producing energy from hot dry rock (HDR), originally proposed in 1971 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, contemplated the generation of electric power by injecting water into artificially created fractures in subsurface rock formations with high heat flow. Recognizing the inherent difficulties associated with HDR, the concept of Enhanced Geothermal Systems was proposed. This embraces the idea that the amount of permeability and fluid in geothermal resources varies across a spectrum, with HDR at one end, and conventional hydrothermal systems at the other. This report provides a concept for development of a Combined Technologies Project with construction and operation of a 6 MW (net) binary-cycle geothermal power plant that uses both the intermediate-depth hydrothermal system at 1,200 to 3,300 feet and a deeper EGS capable system at 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Two production/injection well pairs will be drilled, one couplet for the hydrothermal system, and one for the E GS system. High-pressure injection may be required to drive fluid through the EGS reservoir from the injection to the production well.

Authors 
D.N. Schochet and R.A. Cunniff








Published 
ORMAT International, Inc. and Lightning Dock Geothermal, Inc., 2001





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Citation

D.N. Schochet, R.A. Cunniff. 2001. Development of a plan to implement enhanced geothermal system (EGS) in the animas valley, New Mexico. (!) : ORMAT International, Inc. and Lightning Dock Geothermal, Inc..


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