By By Informatics @ EGI in News
January 19th, 2021
Reaching a milestone in its mission to prove a replicable, commercial pathway to EGS (Enhanced or Engineered Geothermal Systems), the Utah FORGE project announced in October 2020 that it had begun drilling on a first-of-its-kind highly deviated deep well. The well was drilled in hot, hard crystalline granite. The 11,000-foot total length well will reach a depth of 8,500 feet, at which point the temperature will be 440°. The team further updated its progress in early December when the well reached 7,320 ft MD and it is now drilling into the tangent section of the well; TVD at 7,031 ft.
This type of well has not previously been used by the geothermal industry but rather was originated and perfected in oil and gas production. The transferability of this technology to the application of clean, sustainable geothermal energy is a core research component of the Utah FORGE project. The Utah FORGE team noted, “The goal of our research is to test tools and technologies for the creation of a geothermal resource where none exists naturally.”
The Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah is committed to creating a national laboratory to accelerate the development of enhanced geothermal technologies. The team that we have assembled is working to create a collaborative platform for EGS R&D. This team is comprised of the nation’s best technical and R&D management leadership from the oil and gas and geothermal industry, R&D universities, national laboratories and energy technology companies. Funding for the project is provided by the US Department of Energy and is among the largest ever non-medical grants the University of Utah has received.
For the full deep-well announcement from Utah FORGE and details on the project’s current activities and outreach, visit https://utahforge.com/2020/10/30/drilling-first-deep-well-announcement/.
Further reading is available from The Deseret News in recent coverage: Why there’s global significance at a geothermal project in Beaver County.