Thermal Gradient Holes At Fort Bidwell Area (Lafleur, Et Al., 2010)

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Exploration Activity: Thermal Gradient Holes At Fort Bidwell Area (Lafleur, Et Al., 2010)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Fort Bidwell Area
Exploration Technique Thermal Gradient Holes
Activity Date
Usefulness useful
DOE-funding Unknown

"Four wells have been successfully drilled into this resource since the early 1980s using a combination of funds provided by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the United State Department of Energy (USDOE). The first three wells, FB-1, -2 and -3 have been discussed in a previous paper (Barker et al., 2005). The current status of the FBIC project to evaluate the potential geothermal resource under the reservation is that a deep exploration test well has been successfully drilled and that so far there is no data that invalidates the proposed geologic model with a hypothesized upflow temperature of 250-300 degreesF (121-149 degrees C). Thus, the proposed "play" concept is still valid and confirmation awaits obtaining of additional funds. An estimate of the funds needed has been made by Atkinson and Vass (2010, pp 15-17) - approximately $1,100,000 escalated to December 2011. In conclusion, the FBIC has succeeded in maintaining control of its geothermal assets and has a sound foundation from which to continue exploration when funding allows."


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