Fluid/Rock Interactions in Canada’s Geothermal Systems

The purpose of this project is to understand physical and chemical interactions between geothermal fluids and geothermal reservoir rocks.  Geothermal fluids include hydrothermal water, basin brines and engineered geofluids such as captured supercritical CO2.  Reservoir rocks of interest are carbonates, sandstones and crystalline rocks.  Research will involve determining the kinetics of fluid/rock chemical reactions at reservoir conditions, the effects these reactions will have on the long term productivity of the reservoir, and the risks these reactions may pose to industrial infrastructure.


Faculty and academic staff involved in this project include:

Jonathan Banks (EAS): experimental geochemistry; geochemical modeling


Dan Alessi (EAS): Brine geochemistry; brine analytical chemistry


Ben Rostron (EAS): Flow modeling


Rick Chalaturnyk (CivE): Geomechanics; cross-over to CO2 theme

Characterizing Deep Basin Siliciclastic Reservoirs for Geothermal Use Near Hinton, Alberta

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris, Christopher Noyahr

Conference/Workshop

Completed Lab Renovations

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris

Misc: Lab Development

Geothermal resource characterization of the Slave Point Formation at Clarke Lake Field, B.C., Canada

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris, Evan Renaud

Conference/Workshop

Geothermal resource characterization of the Slave Point Formation at Clarke Lake Field, B.C., Canada

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris, Evan Renaud

Conference/Workshop

Hired Therme Adminstrator

Jonathan Banks, Martyn Unsworth

Misc

Petrophysical Characterization of a Geothermal Reservoir near Hinton, Alberta

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris, Christopher Noyahr

Conference/Workshop

Ross River Geothermal Well Drilling

Jonathan Banks

Misc: Research

Dynamic geothermal reservoir modeling in the Clarke Lake Gas Field, NE British Columbia

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris, Evan Renaud

Research Report

Geothermal Theme Website

Jonathan Banks, Shyra Craig

Website

Lab Equipment Installation

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris

Misc: lab Development

Sedimentary Basin Geothermal Favourabiity Mapping and Power Generation Assessments.

Jonathan Banks

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Techno-economic Assessment of Geothermal Energy Resources in the Sedimentary Basin in Northeastern British Columbia

Jonathan Banks

Research Report

Using Oil and Gas Data to Estimate Geothermal Resources in Sedimentary Basing: A Case Study from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin

Jonathan Banks, Nick Harris

Scholarly Refereed Journal