The impact of reduction of doublet well spacing on the Net Present Value and the life time of fluvial Hot Sedimentary Aquifer doublets

C. J. L. Willems, H. M. Nick, T. Goense, D. F. Bruhn

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the impact of reduction of doublet well spacing, below the current West Netherlands Basin standard of 1000–1500 m, on the Net Present Value (NPV) and the life time of fluvial Hot Sedimentary Aquifer (HSA) doublets. First, a sensitivity analysis is used to show the possible advantage of such reduction on the NPV. The parameter value ranges are derived from West Netherlands Basin HSA doublet examples. The results indicate that a reduction of well spacing from 1400 to 1000 m could already improve NPV by up to 15%. This effect would be larger in more marginally economic HSA doublets compared to the West Netherlands Basin base case scenario. The possibility to reduce well spacing is supported by finite element production simulations, utilizing detailed facies architecture models. Furthermore, our results underline the necessity of detailed facies architecture models to assess the potential and risks of HSA doublets. This factor significantly affects doublet life time and net energy production of the doublet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-66
Number of pages13
JournalGeothermics
Volume68
Early online date19 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Direct use
  • District heating
  • Fluvial sandstone
  • Geothermal doublet
  • Low enthalpy
  • Nieuwerkerk Formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology

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