The SPWLA Permian Basin Chapter

Luncheon and Learn
  Tuesday, August 24th
11:50 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

"Unconventional Geothermal: Viability and Suitability for Repurposing Aging Petroleum Fields "
Matthew Drouillard 

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Among renewable energy sources making headway in today’s energy industry, geothermal stands out for its relative ease of application and small surface footprint. One type of geothermal system that may be employed where subsurface properties may not fit the classical criteria for geothermal are Enhanced Geothermal Systems. In one configuration this involves hydraulically fracturing otherwise non-permeable rock to allow the effective transference of heat to the geothermal fluid loop system. Could the same also be done by substituting fracture surface area from complex fractures with the surface area of a very long cylinder? The petroleum industry has constructed numerous 5,000 to 10,000 ft lateral wells, often in high temperature reservoirs, which may be viable as geothermal energy loop systems if re-purposed after petroleum production has declined below economical rates. Finally, where in the United States might be the best location for a trial of such technology given a short list of criteria?

Matthew Drouillard has 15 years of global Oil and Gas experience with 6 years in field operations, 8 years at Schlumberger as a geoscientist with assignments in the US and Saudi Arabia, and he is currently part of an independent consulting team at Fidelis Energy Consulting LLC. His expertise includes petrophysical and geomechanical formation evaluation, core-log integration, multi-well analysis, earth modeling, and multi-disciplinary integration. He has extensive experience with conventional and unconventional reservoir characterization in the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria. Other notable achievements include 4 industry publications and numerous technical lectures.


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