Geothermal Energy in the Oil Field: Developments and Opportunities

20 August, 2009
Who Should Attend
This e-symposium is ideal for individuals who want to learn about geothermal energy, current trends, technologies and applications, particularly as integrated with oil and gas.
Course Content

This e-symposium covers advances in geothermal energy, integration with petroleum operations, and lessons learned in recent cases. Geothermal resources are being used in oil and gas operations in several ways:

  • geothermally-driven pumps
  • geothermal energy production via injection into abandoned wells
  • geothermal resources used in conjunction with steam-flood and enhanced oil recovery

Advances in geothermal energy are occurring due to a blend of:

  • better understanding of geology and basin temperature dynamics
  • improved technology

Several recent ventures provide insight into new opportunities and applications:

  • Case study: Coproduction of Geothermal Power from Oil and Gas Fields in California
  • Steamflood Performance in a Giant Oilfield: Kern River Field, California
  • Low-temperature geothermal energy from oil fields (Rocky Mountain Testing Center / DOE) -- The power system being used is a commercial standard design Ormat Organic Rankine Cycle power plant. The binary power unit uses hot water from a producing oil well as the heating fluid for a heat exchanger.
  • Shale gas with high bottom-hole temperatures: Marcellus shale; Haynesville shale.

Recording of original webinar, packet of independent study reading materials, PDF of original PowerPoint presentation by FTP download. (Original presentation date: August 20, 2009.) Some materials will also sent by e-mail.

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Expanded package for CEU credit is $100 for AAPG members, and $145 for non-members. Special Student Pricing: $25 for Webinar only; $35 for Expanded package.


Dina L. Lopez Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
Susan Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director of Education and Professional Development +1 918 560 2604
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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