High Temperature Drilling Concerns: Safety and CAPEX

October 10, 2017 /
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Our previous news articles discussed the safety risks encountered by early geothermal drillers in California. They experienced burn hazards and jeopardized well control due to high temperature drilling fluid. These risks are still a problem today for both geothermal and HPHT drilling alike. By reducing the suction and flowline temperatures, these operations are made safer.…

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High Temperature Drilling Safety

September 29, 2017 /
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After the first use of the Geo-CoolerTM in 1977, Elwood’s mud coolers were used throughout the rest of the 70’s and 80’s for geothermal projects in California. The engineers and company men involved in these geothermal wells later became the HTHP oil and gas drillers of the early 90s. Due to their experience with the…

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Early Geo-Cooler Design by Elwood Champness

Reaching TD: An Early Technological Push

September 22, 2017 /
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The Geysers, California – a geothermal well was being drilled and was unexpectedly hot in the upper sections. At the surface, drilling fluid was flashing and posing a severe safety risk to personnel onsite. The year was 1977 – a time during geothermal drilling’s vast expansion in California. The rigs’ operator lived in Bakersfield and…

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Geothermal Resource Council Annual Meeting 2017 & Geothermal Energy Association Expo+

September 6, 2017 /
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The 41st GRC & GEA Conference is set to take place October 1-4th, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. GRC events begin as early as September 28th with the GEA Expo+ beginning on Monday the 1st at 12 pm MTZ. Field trips feature a tour of Yellowstone, and Southern Utah Geology and Geothermal Power Plants!…

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