Historical Exploration And Drilling Data From Geothermal Prospects And Power Generation Projects In The Western United States

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Conference Proceedings: Historical Exploration And Drilling Data From Geothermal Prospects And Power Generation Projects In The Western United States

Abstract
In 2005, Idaho National Laboratory was conducting a study of historical exploration practices and success rates for geothermal resources identification. Geo Hills Associates (GHA) was contracted to review and accumulate copies of published literature, Internet information, and unpublished geothermal exploration data to determine the level of exploration and drilling activities that occurred for all of the currently operating geothermal power generation projects and undeveloped geothermal prospects in the western United States. GHA found that there is published exploration and drilling data from twenty-two (22) geothermal power generation projects and at least three hundred fifteen (315) geothermal prospects in the western United States compared to the one hundred forty (140) geothermal resource sites examined in the July 2005 resource estimation workshop, which formed the basis for the Western Governors’ Association Geothermal Task Force Report of 2006. GHA also evaluated the geophysical methods presented in historical databases that appear to be the most definitive in providing the necessary data for successful citing of geothermal exploration, production, and injection wells, which appears to be electrical geophysical surveys. Most potential geothermal resource areas have exploration and drilling data accumulated during the late 1970s and early 1980s, primarily by petroleum companies, that exists in published literature and should be thoroughly evaluated before new exploration surveys and investigations are planned, funded, and conducted.

Author 
Jim Combs








Published 
GRC, 1/1/2006





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Citation

Jim Combs. 1/1/2006. Historical Exploration And Drilling Data From Geothermal Prospects And Power Generation Projects In The Western United States. Proceedings of (!) ; (!) : GRC.


Related Geothermal Exploration Activities
Activities (20)


Areas (8)
  1. Cove Fort Geothermal Area

  2. Roosevelt Hot Springs Geothermal Area

  3. Soda Lake Area

  4. Brady Hot Springs Area

  5. Roosevelt Hot Springs Area

  6. Dixie Hot Springs Area

  7. Coso Geothermal Area

  8. Steamboat Springs Area
Regions (0)