Developments In Geothermal Energy In Mexico-Part Eighteen, History Of The Exploration Of The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field

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Journal Article: Developments In Geothermal Energy In Mexico-Part Eighteen, History Of The Exploration Of The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field

Abstract
Exploration of the geothermal field of Cerro Prieto started in the 1960's, including the drilling of wells at depths from 1000 m down to 1300 m, which discharged a large amount of geothermal fluid at high pressure. A simple model of the field indicated a suitable productive area of less than 1 km2. More wells were drilled in the 1970's, resulting in an expected suitable productive area of 4 km2. In 1986, the known suitable productive area was 25 km2. The potential of the field was 1000 MW of power, which ensured the continuous production of the 620 MW already installed 1. Currently, deep drilling is progressing on the eastern parts of the field, including wells 450 m deep which will eventually lead to a better knowledge of the extent and potential of the field through pressure, temperature and production measurements obtained from exploration wells.

Authors 
S. Mercado and H. Fernandez








Published Journal 
Heat Recovery Systems and CHP, 1988





DOI 
10.1016/0890-4332(88)90025-7


 

Citation

S. Mercado,H. Fernandez. 1988. Developments In Geothermal Energy In Mexico-Part Eighteen, History Of The Exploration Of The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field. Heat Recovery Systems and CHP. (!) .