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Well Repairs Complete, Getting Ready to Stimulate

September 5, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Newberry EGS Demonstration. In early August, a drill rig arrived on site to perform required upkeep on the injection well. This work went very well, and the rig has been released from the site. The next step in this summer’s field work is to prepare the site for stimulation activities. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing our stimulation equipment to the site and assembling support infrastructure on the pad. Stimulation pumps will be installed, piping assembled and valves set to direct the flow of water during stimulation.

Panoramic view of the injection well pad at Newberry EGS Demonstration during summer activities at the site. The drill rig (center- during assembly) arrived in early August, and completed required well upkeep on schedule.

Panoramic view of the injection well pad at Newberry EGS Demonstration during summer activities at the site. The drill rig (center- during assembly) arrived in early August, and completed required well upkeep on schedule. Click to enlarge!

Assembly of the drill rig prior to performing upkeep on the injection well at Newberry EGS Demonstration site in early August, 2014.

Assembly of the drill rig prior to performing upkeep on the injection well at Newberry EGS Demonstration site in early August, 2014. Click to enlarge!

2014 Stimulation

Similar to the stimulation we carried out in 2012, this year’s stimulation will run for several weeks and AltaRock staff will be on site 24/7 to monitor activities. The goal of this year’s stimulation is to improve the permeability and volume of the EGS reservoir developed during the 2012 stimulation. Increased permeability and volume mean a more efficient reservoir with greater potential economic return. As in 2012, we’ll continue working with BLM, DOE, USFS and other governing agencies to keep the Newberry EGS Demonstration project safely moving forward.

oil engine

Field dog Abi’s favorite part of the day might be rolling in the dirt, but she’s also great at helping check the oil and fluid levels for all the engines that keep the Newberry EGS Demonstration running smoothly. 

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to hear our talk at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument last Friday. We enjoyed sharing our science with you, and hope you continue to follow the Newberry EGS Demonstration!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff Harris permalink
    September 23, 2014 11:12 pm

    When does actual pumping begin

  2. September 24, 2014 4:58 am

    We started pumping early this week.

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