Predicting and Detecting Natural and Induced Flow Paths for Geothermal Fluids in Deep Sedimentary Basins
October 19 – 23, 2013, Newpark Hotel, Park City Utah
Apply by July 19, 2013
- Sponsors:National Research Council, Geological Society of America
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth TX
- Rick AllisUtah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City UT
- Derek ElsworthPenn State University, University Park PA
- Sidney GreenSchlumberger-Terratek, Salt Lake City UT
- Joseph N Moore
Energy & Geoscience Institute, University of Utah UTjmoore@egi.utah.edu
Deep, high heat-flow, sedimentary basins potentially have geologic formations with sufficient natural
permeability to provide reservoirs suitable for geothermal power generation. New technologies of
permeability enhancement that have transformed the oil and gas exploration industry in recent years also
have the potential to transform the geothermal power industry. The goal of the proposed Penrose conference
is to gather together experts in both the Earth and engineering sciences, and from academia, government, and
industry, to focus particular basic science/challenges for developing deep, hot stratigraphic reservoirs for
geothermal power. Namely, what controls long fluid pathways in sedimentary basins and how can these be
predicted and/or enhanced?
Saturday, Oct 19
- 8 – 2 pm: Optional: “Basics of Geothermal Energy” short-course;
- 3 – 5 pm; 7 – 9 pm: Hot stratigraphic reservoirs: geological and engineering constraints and challenges
Sunday, Oct 20
- Role of basin architecture and tectonic evolution on influencing fluid flow characteristics in deep
- Role of in-situ permeability and hydraulically induced fractures in controlling fluid flow into wells -
evidence from core scale to hydraulically induced fractures;
- Oil industry experience with water flooding and enhanced oil recovery – how is a water flood different
or similar to the effective heat sweep sought in a geothermal reservoir and what are the new challenges?
- Diagenesis and its controls on natural reservoir permeability.
Monday, Oct 21
- The role of fluid/rock interactions in modifying natural reservoir permeability between injection and
production wells on a decadal timescale;
- How uniform are stratigraphic reservoirs? Applications of modern seismic reflection technologies to
mapping high permeability pathways and over pressured regions in deep basins;
- Half-Day field trip looking at reservoirs exposed in outcrop and core (UGS core lab), and
Schlumberger-TerraTek rock mechanics facility.
Monday, Oct 21
- Optional: all-day fieldtrip to geothermal power plants, recent volcanism, and hot basins in central
Utah; returning to Newpark Hotel at 6 pm.
The registration fee is estimated at $250, and covers meals from Oct. 21 (afternoon) through Oct. 23
(morning). Lunch is included for participants of the geothermal short course and the full-day field trip,
and costs of the short course and field trips are also included. Not covered is travel to and from Park
City, and accommodation costs at the Newpark Hotel. A block booking of 75 rooms has reserved, but should not
be reserved until participation is confirmed by the conveners (50 deluxe rooms $95/night; 25 suites
$130/night). There is a shuttle service available from Salt Lake City airport to the hotel (cost not
included in registration; check http://www.slcairport.com/limos.asp and related links for more information;
The conference will be limited to 80 participants, and participants must commit to attending all technical
sessions (3 pm Sat., to 4:30 pm Tues.); Participants are also encouraged to attend the geothermal short
course earlier on the Saturday, and the all-day fieldtrip on the Wednesday. Interested graduate students are
encouraged to apply, and some financial assistance is available.
Applications and Registration
Application deadline: July 19, 2013
Registration deadline: August 23, 2013
To Apply: please contact the conveners through firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter that includes a brief
statement of interests, the relevance of the applicants’ recent work to the themes of the conference, the
subject of a proposed presentation, and contact information. Also include whether you will be attending the
geothermal short course and/or the full-day field trip. Once you have been selected to participate, you will
be sent registration information. Please check this website for any updates.