Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

This Geothermal Reservoir Engineering course is designed by Dr. Roland N. Horne to teach participants how to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to direct-use applications of geothermal energy.
  2. Formulate and solve engineering problems related to direct-use applications of geothermal energy.
  3. Communicate effectively with written, electronic and graphical means.
  4. Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering computational tools necessary for engineering practice.

Dr. Roland Horne is well recognized as an expert in geothermal resources. He received Geothermal Special Achievement Award from Geothermal Resources Council in 2015. He is the Technical Programme Chair of World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik and a member of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors.

 

Course Content

Simple Reservoir Modeling 

  • Diagram conduction and convection; explain which applies to a geothermal reservoir.
  • Sketch a Boiling Point for Depth (BPD) curve for a fluid-dominated system and a vapor-dominated system and explain why they are different.
  • Explain how and why the amount of energy in place in steam vs. water differs depending on whether it is measured by mass, energy or volume.
  • Explain the relative amounts of heat energy stored in water, steam, and rock.  (Note the implications for geothermal resource exploration and energy generation.)
  • Calculate the amount of wastewater produced vs. useful energy output for the given conditions.

Expanded Reservoir Modeling

  • Explain Darcy’s Law for the flow of a fluid through a porous material; then, explain how and why the controls on flow change for a two-phase system.
  • For a water-saturated porous rock, explain the relationship between pressure, temperature, amount of liquid water and amount of water vapor; illustrate with examples of what happens when conditions (e.g., pressure) change.
  • Explain the relative compressibility of water, steam and a two-phase system.
  • Estimate in-place saturation under different conditions.
  • Compare in-situ saturation to flowing saturation, and in-situ enthalpy to flowing enthalpy.

Analysis of Measurements in Wells

  • Calculate heat loss to surroundings by conduction.
  • Estimate flow rates based on temperature and pressure logs.
  • Interpret temperature and pressure logs to determine feed zone depths.
  • Interpret temperature and pressure logs to determine reservoir pressure and temperature.
  • Estimate the energy loss during single-phase and multiphase flows in wells.

Reservoir Simulation 

  • Use p/z models to estimate steam reservoir size and ultimate recovery.
  • Use decline curves to estimate recoverable reserves.
  • Construct a reservoir simulation model of a reservoir.
  • Perform natural state modeling and history matching.
  • Perform forecasts of future reservoir performance.

Reinjection Design

  • Understand the pressure, thermal and chemical changes that take place in the reservoir during reinjection.
  • Design tracer tests for the analysis of reinjection.
  • Interpret tracer tests using porous medium and fractured medium models.
  • Optimize the reinjection strategy.
  • Understand the range of experience in reinjection at geothermal fields worldwide.

 

Who Should Attend

This course is perfect for new and experienced geothermal reservoir engineers.

In attending this course, new geothermal engineers will learn the concepts and techniques to assess and manage geothermal reservoirs.

For experienced geothermal engineers, you have an excellent opportunity to deepen your understanding of geothermal reservoirs and to discuss your field challenges with Dr. Roland Horne when you attend the course.

About Dr. Roland N. Horne

Dr. Roland N. Horne is the Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy. He was also formerly Chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department from 1995 to 2006.

He holds BE, Ph.D. and DSc degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, all in Engineering Science.

Roland Horne is well recognized as an expert in geothermal resources. He received Geothermal Special Achievement Award from Geothermal Resources Council in 2015. He is the Technical Programme Chair of World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik and a member of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors.

Dr. Horne is also well known for his work in well test interpretation, production optimization, and analysis of fractured reservoirs.

He is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of well test analysis and has twice been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on well-testing subjects.

Under him, more than 50 people have obtained Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University.  Currently, Stanford University is recognized as one of the top schools in the world for the study of well test interpretation.

Prof. Roland Horne has written more than 90 technical papers, is the author of the book Modern Well Test Analysis and co-author of the book Discrete Fracture Network Modeling of Hydraulic Stimulation. He is an SPE Honorary Member, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the USA.

Enrollment information

Course date: August 24-28, 2020

Location: Singapore

Course fees: US$4500.00 per delegate

Registration: Online application form

For more information about the course, please contact LDI Training at lditrain@singnet.com.sg