Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

2nd Edition

Authors: Malcolm Grant Paul Bixley
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123838803
eBook ISBN: 9780123838810
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd February 2011
Page Count: 378
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As nations alike struggle to diversify and secure their power portfolios, geothermal energy, the essentially limitless heat emanating from the earth itself, is being harnessed at an unprecedented rate.

 For the last 25 years, engineers around the world tasked with taming this raw power have used Geothermal Reservoir Engineering as both a training manual and a professional reference.

 This long-awaited second edition of Geothermal Reservoir Engineering is a practical guide to the issues and tasks geothermal engineers encounter in the course of their daily jobs. The book focuses particularly on the evaluation of potential sites and provides detailed guidance on the field management of the power plants built on them.

 With over 100 pages of new material informed by the breakthroughs of the last 25 years, Geothermal Reservoir Engineering remains the only training tool and professional reference dedicated to advising both new and experienced geothermal reservoir engineers.

Key Features

  • The only resource available to help geothermal professionals make smart choices in field site selection and reservoir management
  •  Practical focus eschews theory and basics- getting right to the heart of the important issues encountered in the field
  • Updates include coverage of advances in EGS (enhanced geothermal systems), well stimulation, well modeling, extensive field histories and preparing data for reservoir simulation
  • Case studies provide cautionary tales and best practices that can only be imparted by a seasoned expert


Primary audience: Geothermal reservoir engineers; geothermal professionals (engineers, scientists, managers)

Secondary audience: Petroleum engineering and ground water professionals interested in geothermal energy, earth scientists, geoscientists

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition


Chapter 1. Geothermal Reservoirs

1.1 Introduction

1.2 The Development of Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

1.3 Definitions

1.4 Organization of this Book

1.5 References and Units

Chapter 2. Concepts of Geothermal Systems

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Conductive Systems

2.3 Convective Systems: Liquid Dominated

2.4 Convective Systems: Vapor Dominated

2.5 Concepts of Changes Under Exploitation

2.6 Conclusions

Chapter 3. Simple Quantitative Models

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Simplifications and Concepts of Storage

3.3 Pressure Transient Models

3.4 Simple Lumped-Parameter Models

3.5 Steam Reservoir with Immobile Water

3.6 Reserves

3.7 Fractured Media

3.8 Chemical Flow Models

3.9 Applicability of the Models

Chapter 4. Interpretation of Downhole Measurements

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Objectives of the Well Testing Program

4.3 Well Models

4.4 Some Basic Well Profiles

4.5 Gas Pressure at Wellhead

4.6 Unusual or Misleading Well Profiles

Chapter 5. Downhole Measurement

5.1 Instruments

5.2 Geothermal Well Design

5.3 Temperature-Pressure Instruments

5.4 Downhole Flow Measurements

5.5 Sources of Error in Downhole Measurements

5.6 Designing a Downhole Measurement Program

5.7 Spinner Measurements

Chapter 6. Measurements During Drilling

6.1 General

6.2 Pressure

6.3 Significance of Drilling Losses

6.4 Temperature

6.5 Stage Testing

6.6 The Drilling of RK22

Chapter 7. Well Completion and Heating

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Quantifying Reservoir Parameters

7.3 Wellbore Heat Transfer

7.4 Heating

7.5 Injection Performance

7.6 Vapor-Dom


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About the Author

Malcolm Grant

Paul Bixley