Longevity of Enhanced Geothermal Systems with Brine Circulation in Hydraulically Fractured Hydrocarbon Wells
AbstractA simple, semi-analytical heat extraction model is presented for hydraulically fractured dry reservoirs containing two subparallel horizontal wells, connected by a horizontal fracture channel, using injected brine as the working fluid. Heat equations are used to quantify the heat conduction between fracture walls and circulating brine. The brine temperature profiles are calculated for different combinations of fracture widths, working fluid circulation rates, and initial fracture wall temperatures. The longevity of the geothermal heat extraction process is assessed for a range of working fluid injection rates. Importantly, dry geothermal reservoirs will not recharge heat by the geothermal flux on the time scale of any commercial heat extraction project. A production plan is proposed, with periodic brine circulation maintained in a diurnal schedule with 8 h active production alternating with 16 h of pump switched off. A quasi-steady state is achieved after both the brine temperature and rock temperature converge to a limit state allowing fracture-wall reheating by conduction from the rock interior in the diurnal production schedule. The results of this study could serve as a fast tool for assisting the planning phase of geothermal reservoir design as well as for operational monitoring and management. View Full-Text
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Zuo, L.; Weijermars, R. Longevity of Enhanced Geothermal Systems with Brine Circulation in Hydraulically Fractured Hydrocarbon Wells. Fluids 2019, 4, 63.
Zuo L, Weijermars R. Longevity of Enhanced Geothermal Systems with Brine Circulation in Hydraulically Fractured Hydrocarbon Wells. Fluids. 2019; 4(2):63.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zuo, Lihua; Weijermars, Ruud. 2019. "Longevity of Enhanced Geothermal Systems with Brine Circulation in Hydraulically Fractured Hydrocarbon Wells." Fluids 4, no. 2: 63.
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