Temperature-Depth Relationships Based On Log Data From The Los Azufres Geothermal Field, Mexico

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Journal Article: Temperature-Depth Relationships Based On Log Data From The Los Azufres Geothermal Field, Mexico

Abstract
Equilibrium temperatures based on log data acquired during drilling stops in the Los Azufres geothermal field were used to study the relationship between temperature, depth and conductive heat flow that differentiate production from non-production areas. Temperature and thermal conductivity data from 62 geothermal wells were analyzed, displaying temperature-depth, gradient-depth, and ternary temperature-gradient-depth plots. In the ternary plot, the production wells of Los Azufres are located near the temperature vertex, where normalized temperatures are over 0.50 units, or where the temperature gradient is over 165°C/km. In addition, the temperature data were used to estimate the depth at which 600°C could be reached (5-9 km) and the regional background conductive heat flow (~ 106 mW/m2). Estimates are also given for the conductive heat flow associated with the conductive cooling of an intrusive body (~ 295 mW/m2), and the conductive heat flow component in low-permeability blocks inside the reservoir associated with convection in limiting open faults (from 69 to 667 mW/m2). The method applied in this study may be useful to interpret data from new geothermal areas still under exploration by comparing with the results obtained from Los Azufres.

Authors 
Gerardo Garcia-Estrada, Aida Lopez-Hernandez and Rosa Maria Prol-Ledesma








Published Journal 
Geothermics, 2001





DOI 
10.1016/S0375-6505(00)00039-0


 

Citation

Gerardo Garcia-Estrada,Aida Lopez-Hernandez,Rosa Maria Prol-Ledesma. 2001. Temperature-Depth Relationships Based On Log Data From The Los Azufres Geothermal Field, Mexico. Geothermics. (!) .