Pico Vermelho-Ribeira Grande Geothermal Area

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Pico Vermelho-Ribeira Grande Geothermal Area

Area Overview

Geothermal Area Profile

Location: Azores, Portugal

Exploration Region: Mid Atlantic Ridge

GEA Development Phase: Operational
"Operational" is not in the list of possible values (Phase I - Resource Procurement and Identification, Phase II - Resource Exploration and Confirmation, Phase III - Permitting and Initial Development, Phase IV - Resource Production and Power Plant Construction) for this property.

Coordinates: 37.7967°, -25.5028°

Resource Estimate

Mean Reservoir Temp: 238°C
511.15 K
460.4 °F
920.07 °R

Estimated Reservoir Volume: 3.3 km³
3,300,000,000 m³
0.792 mi³
116,538,400,179.3 ft³
4,316,237,042.7 yd³
3,300,000,000,000 L

Mean Capacity: 28.5 MW
28,500 kW
28,500,000 W
28,500,000,000 mW
0.0285 GW
2.85e-5 TW

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History and Infrastructure

Operating Power Plants: 2

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Developing Power Projects: 0

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Power Production Profile

Gross Production Capacity: 21.2 MW
21,200 kW
21,200,000 W
21,200,000,000 mW
0.0212 GW
2.12e-5 TW

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Exploration History

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Well Field Description

Well Field Information

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Average Temperature of Geofluid: 240°C
513.15 K
464 °F
923.67 °R

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Depth to Top of Reservoir: 800 m
0.8 km
0.497 mi
2,624.672 ft
874.888 yd

Depth to Bottom of Reservoir: 1300 m
1.3 km
0.808 mi
4,265.092 ft
1,421.693 yd

Average Depth to Reservoir: 1050 m
1.05 km
0.652 mi
3,444.882 ft
1,148.291 yd

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Geology of the Area

Geologic Setting

Tectonic Setting: Rift Zone

Controlling Structure:

Topographic Features:

Brophy Model: Type F: Oceanic-ridge, Basaltic Resource

Moeck-Beardsmore Play Type: CV-1a: Magmatic - Extrusive, CV-3: Extensional Domain
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Geologic Features

Modern Geothermal Features: Fumaroles, Hot Springs

Relict Geothermal Features:

Volcanic Age: Recent

Host Rock Age:

Host Rock Lithology: Basalt

Cap Rock Age:

Cap Rock Lithology: Clay

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Geofluid Geochemistry


Salinity (low): 6000

Salinity (high): 7000

Salinity (average): 6500 [3]

Brine Constituents: Sodium chloride type (Rangel et. al., 2011). See table 1 (Gandino et. al., 1985) [4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 M. R. Carvalho,V. H. Forjaz,C. Almeida. 2006. Chemical Composition Of Deep Hydrothermal Fluids In The Ribeira Grande Geothermal Field (Sao Miguel, Azores). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .
  2. Benjamin Matek. Geo-energy [Internet]. Geothermal Energy Association. [updated 2015/04/28;cited 2015/04/28]. Available from: http://geo-energy.org/
  3. Preliminary Model of the Ribeira Grande Geothermal Field (Azores Islands)
  4. Use of Geothermal Resources in the Azores Islands: A Contribution to the Energy Self-Sufficiency of a Remote and Isolated Region

List of existing Geothermal Resource Areas.

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