Green Pipeline: The Oil and Gas to Geothermal Connection

The Green Pipeline is an effort to determine and contextualize the technical research and demonstration needs of the oil and gas sectors in pivoting to geothermal resources. There is a new awareness by the energy industry of the need to diversify their portfolio that was accelerated in the last 18 months from the impact of COVID-19 on world consumption changes as well as the arrival of broad political consensus to address climate change. As a result, in early 2021, a team of geothermal professionals developed and publicly distributed a survey instrument with an International Geothermal Association (IGA) supported team reviewing the results.

The survey responses highlighted well-known high-level challenges, yet few provided detailed research and demonstration challenges. The range in size and types of geothermal projects makes it difficult to say any one detail or technology will increase geothermal development.
Some examples of the high level challenges identified include:

  • Improved rate of penetration in harder and deeper rock, at higher temperatures, and wider bore diameters,
  • Derisking through improved exploration and regional 3D modelling,
  • Monitoring tools and wellbore production optimization,
  • Increase the rate of sustainable heat production per well,
  • Control fluid permeation through large volume of rock,
  • Increased heat conversion efficiency at lower delta T’s and lower flows,
  • Longer equipment lifetime in geothermal environments,
  • Reduction in induced seismicity and subsidence challenges,
  • Decreased O & M costs, lateral training of oil and gas professionals, and
  • Low-cost, efficient, standardized surface power plants for low-enthalpy resources.

Quotes attributable to the Technical Team

“The responses to the Green Pipeline survey showed clear call for numerous demonstration projects in parallel, at scale, and across the full thermal suite of geothermal resources. This is how we get to geothermal anywhere.” said Lawrence Molloy, Project Director.

Maria Richards with the SMU Geothermal Laboratory in Dallas, Texas said: “The Green Pipeline initiated the framework on how we can move forward with a technology roadmap for the oil and gas pivot to geothermal”.

“Technical responses to the survey included suggestions in exploration, drilling, reservoir management, and surface systems as well as various (and rapidly proliferating) drilling techniques.”  Graeme Beardsmore, IGA Board Member and Technical Team Member


You can Download the report here:

https://www.geothermal-energy.org/the-green-pipeline-2021/

Pivot is a decade-long conference series focused on engaging oil and gas professionals in geothermal exploration and development. This year’s Pivot2021 – Geothermal Reimagined, to take place virtually July 19-23, will feature more than 165 speakers across 35 spirited sessions, with IGA members featured across a variety of sessions and topics. The agenda is exciting, with a diverse group of speakers across multiple disciplines and industries, and appearances by Sir Richard Branson, Chris Anderson and Daniel Yergin. This year, the IGA partnered with Pivot2021 to host a variety of sessions at Pivot2021, including sessions exploring offshore geothermal energy, geothermal in developing nations, and geothermal’s social license, to name a few. Pivot2021 is free to attend, but registration is required. The conference will be translated live into ten languages, and all are welcome to attend globally.
 
We invite you to register and explore the virtual event page here: https://geo.touchcast.com/showtime/pivot2021. If you’ve already registered, you can use your registered email address to log-in. You will use this same sign-in process to access the conference live the week of the event. If you can’t make a session or wish to watch again, all sessions will be available on demand shortly after the end of the conference.

Our global network of geothermal leaders keeps on growing! We are delighted to continue working with Orkuveita Reykjavíkur. For the past few years Orkuveita Reykjavíkur has been supporting the vision of the IGA and we are happy to have such a strong partner underpinning our mission.

Orkuveita Reykjavíkur is a power and utility company owned by three municipalities. Through three subsidiaries, resources are utilised in a sustainable and cost-effective manner to serve households, businesses and institutions in accordance with statutory obligations at fair and competitive prices.

Currently, the district heating utilities are the largest geothermal utility operations run by the company.

Read more about the company here: www.or.is

The exploration risk for geothermal wells is high, as the desired flow rates can often not be achieved due to insufficient permeability of the rocks in production horizons. Processes are already known from the oil and gas industry that can in principle be used to increase the permeability of a reservoir.

However, the conditions, which are typical for oil and gas reservoirs, cannot simply be transferred to geothermal reservoirs. These are often formations of hard rock where the water jet technology used in the RJD process has no or too low drilling performance.

In the Micro Turbine Drilling (MTD) project, a method is to be developed with which the permeability can be increased even in very hard production horizons of geothermal wells. The solution is based on the principle of RJD. Preliminary tests carried out with functional prototypes confirm the basic functionality and thus the great potential of the technology.

Find out more here.

Our global network of geothermal leaders keeps on growing! We are delighted to welcome ENEL Green Power as our new corporate club member.

ENEL Green Power drives the shift to a decarbonized society, enabling stakeholders to access renewable energy for sustainable living. ENEL Green Power has plants powered by renewable resources all around the world. The company is working to set new standards in the field of sustainable energy, constantly pushing technological limits and fostering stakeholder awareness.

The company is present in 32 countries across 5 continents and has over 1,200 plants. It has around 49 GW of installed renewable capacity generated from a mix of resources, including wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal.

Find out more about the work they do on their website: www.enelgreenpower.com

International Geothermal Association is hapy to announce the new partnership with New Energy for the 8th Geothermal Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2021), taking place September 8-10, 2021.

GEOLAC 2021 arrives at a critical time for the industry – and for the region. What role can geothermal play in re-activating Latin American and Caribbean economies post-Covid and how can it help the region respond to the need to decarbonize? Join us at GEOLAC 2021 as we address the pivotal questions.

All IGA members will receive a special 25% discount when they register for GEOLAC using the code on the last page of registration. To get the IGA code log in to member’s area with your login and password.

To find out more about the event go to: newenergyevents.com/geolac

To register now with 25% discount go to: newenergyevents.com/geolac/attend

ETH Zurich established with the “Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences and Geoenergies” a unique research infrastructure in a tunnel 1.5 kilometres below the Swiss Alps. In the BedrettoLab, ETH Zurich studies in close collaboration with national and international partners questions related to geothermal energy, earthquake physics and the deployment of novel techniques and sensors in these fields.

The BedrettoLab is launching a newsletter, which is available in English. Sign up here to gain exclusive insights and to learn about current developments at the BedrettoLab!

Image credit: Installation of the monitoring sensors. © Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich, 2020 (Image: Luxwerk.ch).

More about ETH Zurich: ethz.ch/de.

Our partner REN21 has just released their Global Status Report, which is already available for download.

As the world’s only crowd-sourced report on renewable energy, the Renewable Global Status Report is in a class of its own. It covers policies, markets, and much more while telling the most up-to-date global story on renewable energy. The reporting process embodies REN21’s core values of collaboration, rigor, transparency.

Access the report now here: www.ren21.net

Photo credit: REN21.

The International Geothermal Association is very happy to welcome GEOLOG as a new corporate club member. We are excited to see such a valuable player as part of our global industry network.

´Born 40 years ago to support the Italian Geothermal industry, Geolog has expanded its expertise working in numerous and diverse Geothermal ‘hotspots’ including Turkey, Indonesia, Japan, Chile and France. I am happy to now see a resurgence of interest in this everlasting source of sustainable energy and happy that Geolog can help its customers in reducing the costs and uncertainties of their geothermal wells, conscious that a thorough understanding of the geology is key to the commercialisation of any geothermal project´.

Richard Calleri, CEO Geolog

GEOLOG is a world leader in oilfield services delivering solutions and expertise to National, International and Independent Oil, Gas and Geothermal operators globally. Since its founding in Milan, Italy in 1982, GEOLOG has developed effective and cost-effective alternative solutions to complex and expensive downhole measurement tools.

As part of its strategy to become the global supplier of choice, GEOLOG has gained experience in over 70 countries worldwide, performing services and assisting operators onshore and offshore, during exploration, development and appraisal programs in shallow to ultra-deep water, HP/HT, unconventional oil and gas and geothermal wells.

´In the coming decade we will see the geothermal sector scale up to a mature energy provider that is able to offer a cost-effective, clean, baseload supply to its customers. We are delighted having Geolog joining us as corporate member with their vision on sustainability and the role of the subsurface for achieving SDG 7: Clean and affordable energy for all.´

Marit Brommer, IGA Executive Director

Find out more about GEOLOG and services they provide: www.geolog.com.

Join us today at the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1 for the third virtual event of the onine series and learn about recent developments in engineering.

Speakers will present on a number of topics including Drilling and Completion, Reservoir Engineering, Corossion and Scaling, Power Generation, Production Engineering and many others.

Join live event here: www.wgc2020.com