Reservoir modelling of lower cretaceous west Netherlands basin aquifers for geothermal energy production

C. J. L. Willems, G. J. Weltje, M. E. Donselaar, D. F. Bruhn

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Abstract

This project aims to predict Lower Cretaceous reservoir architecture and reservoir properties of the graben blocks in the West Netherlands Basin for low enthalpy district heating geothermal energy. Horst and pop-up structures in the study area were targets of oil and gas production in the last 60 years. For the recent upcoming geothermal energy production the focus lays on the deeper and warmer graben structures in between the oil and gas fields. Reservoir property predictions like thickness and permeability are currently based on interpolations between oil and gas well measurements on horst and pop-up structures. In order to successfully produce from the current 45 geothermal licences in the province of Zuid-Holland, detailed reservoir models and associated uncertainty maps of the Lower Cretaceous sandstones are required. Goals of the project are to model the reservoir architecture in order to simulate production and determine optimal well placement of geothermal doublets and predict possible doublet interference. Reservoir architecture of these sandstones will be studied by re-evaluating the existing lithostratigraphically based well log correlations, in combination with seismic interpretation and core studies. A palinspastic reconstruction is carried out on a cross section to indicate the paleotopography and the complex reservoir architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication76th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2014
PublisherEAGE Publishing BV
Pages2664-2668
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781632666949
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event76th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2014: Experience the Energy - Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2014 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Jun 201419 Jun 2014

Conference

Conference76th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2014: Experience the Energy - Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2014
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period16/06/1419/06/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Willems, C. J. L., Weltje, G. J., Donselaar, M. E., & Bruhn, D. F. (2014). Reservoir modelling of lower cretaceous west Netherlands basin aquifers for geothermal energy production. In 76th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2014 (pp. 2664-2668). EAGE Publishing BV.