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Innovative materials and designs for long-life high-temperature geothermal wells

Innovative materials and designs for long-life high-temperature geothermal wells

Objective

New concepts for high-temperature geothermal well technologies are strongly needed to accelerate the development of geothermal resources for power generation in Europe and worldwide in a cost effective and environmentally friendly way. The GeoWell project will address the major bottlenecks like high investment and maintenance costs by developing innovative materials and designs that are superior to the state of the art concepts. The lifetime of a well often determines the economic viability of a geothermal project. Therefore, keeping the geothermal system in operation for several decades is key to the economic success.
The objective of GeoWell is to develop reliable, cost effective and environmentally safe well completion and monitoring technologies. This includes:

- Reducing down time by optimised well design involving corrosion resistant materials.
- Optimisation of cementing procedures that require less time for curing.
- Compensate thermal strains between the casing and the well.
- Provide a comprehensive database with selective ranking of materials to prevent corrosion, based on environmental conditions for liners, casings and wellhead equipment, up to very high temperatures.
- To develop methods to increase the lifetime of the well by analysing the wellbore integrity using novel distributed fiber optic monitoring techniques.
- To develop advanced risk analysis tools and risk management procedures for geothermal wells.

The proposed work will significantly enhance the current technology position of constructing and operating a geothermal well. GeoWell aims to put Europe in the lead regarding development of deep geothermal energy.
The consortium behind GeoWell constitutes a combination of experienced geothermal developers, leading academic institutions, major oil&gas research institutions and an SME. These have access to world-class research facilities including test wells for validation of innovative technologies and laboratories for material testing.

Coordinator

ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR

Address

Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik

Iceland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 105 750

Participants (9)

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NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 611 612,50

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OFSTAVANGER AS

Norway

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 561 257,50

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 730 747,50

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 270 500

STATOIL PETROLEUM AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 653 000

HS ORKA HF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 345 883,75

AKIET BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 298 662,50

HUISMAN WELL TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 127 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654497

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 January 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 704 913,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 704 913,75

Coordinated by:

ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR

Iceland