Variations in dissolved gas compositions of reservoir fluids from the Coso geothermal field

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Conference Proceedings: Variations in dissolved gas compositions of reservoir fluids from the Coso geothermal field

Abstract
Gas concentrations and ratios in 110 analyses of geothermal fluids from 47 wells in the Coso geothermal system illustrate the complexity of this two-phase reservoir in its natural state. Two geographically distinct regions of single-phase (liquid) reservoir are present and possess distinctive gas and liquid compositions. Relationships in soluble and insoluble gases preclude derivation of these waters from a common parent by boiling or condensation alone. These two regions may represent two limbs of fluid migration away from an area of two-phase upwelling. During migration, the upwelling fluids mix with chemically evolved waters of moderately dissimilar composition. CO{sub 2} rich fluids found in the limb in the southeastern portion of the Coso field are chemically distinct from liquids in the northern limb of the field. Steam-rich portions of the reservoir also indicate distinctive gas compositions. Steam sampled from wells in the central and southwestern Coso reservoir is unusually enriched in both H{sub 2}S and H{sub 2}. Such a large enrichment in both a soluble and insoluble gas cannot be produced by boiling of any liquid yet observed in single-phase portions of the field. In accord with an upflow-lateral mixing model for the Coso field, at least three end-member thermal fluids having distinct gas and liquid compositions appear to have interacted (through mixing, boiling and steam migration) to produce the observed natural state of the reservoir.

Authors 
Williams, A. E.; Copp and J. F.  








Published 
Sixteenth workshop on geothermal reservoir engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, January 23-25, 1991, 1/1/1991





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Citation

Williams, A. E.; Copp, J. F.  . 1/1/1991. Variations in dissolved gas compositions of reservoir fluids from the Coso geothermal field. Proceedings of (!) ; (!) : Sixteenth workshop on geothermal reservoir engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, January 23-25, 1991.


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