Electric Power Generation Using Geothermal Fluid Coproduced from Oil and/or Gas Wells

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Journal Article: Electric Power Generation Using Geothermal Fluid Coproduced from Oil and/or Gas Wells

Abstract
Chena Power, in collaboration with Quantum ResourcesManagement, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC,Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS), and the United StatesDepartment of Energy will demonstrate that electric power can begenerated from the geothermal heat co-produced when extractingoil and gas from the earth. Energy can be extracted from lowtemperaturegeothermal resource present in the water, oil, andgas. This untapped resource can be developed in an economicallyattractive manner. This summer, a mobile geothermal powerplant installation will be installed and demonstrated at QuantumResources� Jay Oil Field, which covers 13 square miles of northwesternFlorida and southern Alabama.Producing oil and gas wells are an underutilized source ofgeothermal energy. Most wells produce 95% water and 5% oiland gas. One of the significant economic barriers to developinggeothermal power is the cost of drilling wells that have predictableaccess to fluid temperatures high enough to generate electricity.Chena Hot Springs Resort, Quantum Resources Management,UTRC, and PWPS are proving that geothermal energy productioncan coexist alongside current oil development operations.Chena Hot Springs Resort and UTRC have previously demonstratedthe feasibility of developing low temperature geothermalresources for energy production. At Chena Hot Springs Resort,three organic rankine cycle (ORC) units are installed that have agross capacity of producing 680 kW of electricity. The electricityproduced at Chena Hot Springs Resort represents the lowesttemperature geothermal resource (165°F) developed for electricityproduction in the world.

Authors 
Bernie Karl, Ian-Michael Hebert and Jesse Warwick








Published Journal 
GRC Transactions, 2009





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Citation

Bernie Karl,Ian-Michael Hebert,Jesse Warwick. 2009. Electric Power Generation Using Geothermal Fluid Coproduced from Oil and/or Gas Wells. GRC Transactions. 33: (!) .