High-Resolution Imaging of Geothermal Flow Paths Using a Cost Effective Dense Seismic Network

Summary

SCH Number
2016128374
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
High-Resolution Imaging of Geothermal Flow Paths Using a Cost Effective Dense Seismic Network
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/27/2016

Document Description
This project will advance the current state for imaging subsurface flow paths, barriers and heterogeneity in operation geothermal reservoirs through an integrated approach that combines the recent development of low-cost dense seismic networks together with established state of the art micro earthquake imaging algorithms and rock physics concepts. The technical advancement of this project in operating geothermal fields to image the movement of fluids in space and time with high-resolution and fast turnaround time from data collection, to processing, to imaging, to rock physics interpretations.

Contact Information
Chuck Gentry
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1528

Location

Counties
Lake
Other Information
10650 Socrates Mine Road

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15306
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of placing seismic data recorders at The Geysers over a 5x5 km area to measure microseimicity caused by fluid injection. Fluid injection causing micro seismic reactions has been part of normal operations at The Geysers for years.
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