Monitoring Production Using Surface Deformation- The Hijiori Test Site And The Okuaizu Geothermal Field, Japan

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Journal Article: Monitoring Production Using Surface Deformation- The Hijiori Test Site And The Okuaizu Geothermal Field, Japan

Abstract
Production in geothermal reservoirs often leads to observable surface displacement. As shown in this paper, there is a direct relationship between such displacement and reservoir dynamics. This relationship is exploited in order to image fluid flow at two geothermal field sites. At the first locality, the Hijiori Hot Dry Rock (HDR) test site, 17 tilt meters record deformation associated with a 2.2 km deep injection experiment. Images of fluid migration along a ring fracture system of the collapsed Hijiori caldera are obtained. At the Okuaizu geothermal field, leveling and tilt meter data provide constraints on long- and short-term fluid movement within the reservoir. A set of 119 leveling data suggest that the north-to-northeast trending Takiyagawa fault acts as a barrier to flow. The northwesterly oriented Chinoikezawa and Sarukurazawa faults appear to channel fluid from the southeast. The tilt data from Okuaizu indicate that a fault paralleling the Takiyagawa fault zone acts as a conduit to transient flow, on a time scale of several weeks. The volume strain in a region adjacent to the injection wells reaches a maximum and then decreases with time. The transient propagation of fluid along the fault may be due to pressure build-up, resulting from the re-initiation of injection.

Authors 
Don W. Vasco, Kenzi Karasaki and Osamu Nakagome








Published Journal 
Geothermics, 2002





DOI 
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Citation

Don W. Vasco,Kenzi Karasaki,Osamu Nakagome. 2002. Monitoring Production Using Surface Deformation- The Hijiori Test Site And The Okuaizu Geothermal Field, Japan. Geothermics. (!) .