Abstract

Within the EC funded Horizon 2020 project SURE (Novel Productivity Enhancement Concept for a Sustainable Utilization of a Geothermal Resource) the radial water jet drilling (RJD) technology will be investigated and tested as a method to increase inflow into insufficiently producing geothermal wells. Radial water jet drilling uses the power of a focused jet of fluids, applied to a rock through a coil inserted in an existing well. This technology is likely to provide much better control of the enhanced flow paths around a geothermal well and does not involve the amount of fluid as conventional hydraulic fracturing, reducing the risk of induced seismicity considerably. RJD shall be applied to access and connect high permeable zones within geothermal reservoirs to the main well with a higher degree of control compared to conventional stimulation technologies.

Schematic representation of a RJD stimulated well.

News

  • Meet us at the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Paris FR, July 2017
  • Meet us at the EAGE 19th European Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, Stavanger NO, April 2017
  • Meet us at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop, Stanford, CA, February 2017
  • SURE participated at the Der Geothermiekongress, Essen 2016
  • SURE participated at the European Geothermal Congress EGC2016 in Strasbourg
  • SURE participates with a presentation about RJD technology on the NEDERLANDS-DUITSE ENERGIEMEETING: EDITIE 'GEOTHERMIE' organized by the Duits-Nederlandse Handelskamer, Amersfoort, June 15th, 2016
  • Kick-off meeting, Utrecht, March 8th-9th, 2016
  • Project SURE successfully started at March 1st, 2016