Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Multistage fracturing is a breakthrough for EGS - dramatically improving energy production per well
ResFrac's fully-coupled fracturing and reservoir simulator is ideal for simulating hydraulic fracturing and long-term circulation in multistage EGS designs
The ResFrac team offers authentic, deep expertise in multistage fracture design optimization and Enhanced Geothermal Systems
What are Enhanced Geothermal Systems?
Enhanced Geothermal Systems use hydraulic stimulation to produce from high-temperature, low permeability resources
Geothermal production potential is huge across the United States and globally. However, production is limited by insufficient natural permeability in most resources. Analogous to the shale revolution, EGS promises to unlock these resources by enabling much higher flow rates and low power costs.
Multistage stimulation resolves the problems that have historically limited EGS performance
Traditional EGS designs have been performed in a single stage, without proppant. These designs suffer from flow localization, where the fluid flows into a relatively small number of flowing pathways. In formations lacking large, naturally conductive faults, these designs have suffered from insufficient unpropped conductivity. Shale-style ‘plug and perf’ limited-entry completions with resolve both of these problems.
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