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Geothermal energy symposium focuses on oil field potential

SMU partners event that highlights use of low-temperature geothermal power production

August 19, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Laboratory, hosted a two-day “Geothermal in the Oil Field” symposium in Casper, Wyo., Aug. 18-19, 2010.  This event highlighted the application of low-temperature geothermal power production in oil and gas operations and other settings in the western United States.

This first-of-its-kind symposium provided valuable information on this emerging domestic power source. Speakers covered low-temperature projects throughout the western U.S. and provided participants an opportunity to learn about the remarkable potential for power generation using co-produced fluids from existing oil, gas, and industrial infrastructure with minimal additional environmental impacts.

On Day 1, RMOTC hosted field tours of nearby formations at Alcova Reservoir that correlate to the producing formations at NPR-3 and the test site located at the Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3 (NPR-3) 35 miles north of Casper, Wyoming. 

Day 2 was a day of technical presentations and panel discussions by DOE and industry representatives.

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