Exploratory Well At North Brawley Geothermal Area (Matlick & Jayne, 2008)

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Exploration Activity: Exploratory Well At North Brawley Geothermal Area (Matlick & Jayne, 2008)

Exploration Activity Details
Location North Brawley Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Exploratory Well
Activity Date 1975 - 1980

Usefulness useful
DOE-funding Unknown

 
Exploration Basis
Deep exploratory wells were drilled after a phase of thermal gradient wells helped narrow down the best drilling targets. This activity was done for initial exploration and assessment of the North Brawley Geothermal Area.
 
Notes
In 1975 Union Oil Company began drilling deep exploration wells, they drilled 14 in total. Chevron also drilled two deep wells on the western side of the known geothermal area. These drilling activities led to the construction of a 10 MW experimental power plant that was put online in 1980.

 
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