A Potential Multiple-use, Environmentally Safe Energy Resource for the Twenty-first Century: the Geopressured-geothermal Reservoirs of the Gulf of Mexico Basin

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Author: Chacko J. John, Gina Maciaz , and Brian J. Harder
Description:In order to evaluate and develop alternate energy resources to decrease the country's dependence on imported fossil fuels, the u.s. Department of Energy established and funded a geopressured-geothermal energy program that began in 1976 and ended in 1992. The program was authorized by Congress under the Geothermal Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-410). Aspects of the geopressured- geothermal energy resource investigated in this program encompassed reserve estimates; definition of the geopressured-geothermal fairways and prospects in Louisiana and Texas; brine flow rates and gas content; production problems, including scaling, sanding, and corrosion; viability of commercial exploitation of this resource; potential multiple uses, such as generation of electricity; and the environmental concerns associated with resource development. This paper is a summary of the main findings of this research program.
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