Geomechanics for Geothermal Energy Development

Recorded On: 06/10/2021

Geomechanics is a critical component for the development of deep geothermal resources. In this talk, I will first highlight the difference between hydro-thermal and petrothermal systems in terms of characteristics, required technologies, risks and costs. I will then review some geomechanical aspects related to drilling, and hydraulic stimulation of these reservoirs. The difference between classical hydraulic fracturing used for oil and gas wells and the concept of hydro-shearing for deep petrothermal systems will be discussed in details. The critical aspect of fluid induced seismicity will be illustrated both from field example and from theoretical simulations. Finally, opportunities for the use of technologies developed in the context oil and gas reservoirs will be discussed in the hope of stimulating the emergence of new concepts for the development of geothermal energy for low as well as high enthalpy systems.

This webinar is categorized under the Completions, Reservoir, Drilling and Productions and Operations technical disciplines.

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Dr. Brice Lecampion

Professor and Head of the Geo-Energy Lab, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Dr. Brice Lecampion is Professor and head of the Geo-Energy Lab at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Brice was previously working for Schlumberger from 2006 to May 2015, holding a number of different positions in research and development from project manager to principal scientist both in Europe and the United States. Dr Lecampion received his PhD in mechanics from Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2002 and worked as a research scientist in the hydraulic fracturing research group of CSIRO division of Petroleum resources (Melbourne, Australia) from 2003 to 2006. He has been working on problems related to the integrity of deep wells, large scale monitoring of reservoir deformation and more specifically on the stimulation of oil and gas wells by hydraulic fracturing.

His research aims at understanding the interplay between the growth of localized discontinuities (in the form of fractures and faults) and fluid flow in geomaterials with applications in the field of environmental, petroleum, civil engineering, seismology and tectonophysics. 

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Geomechanics for Geothermal Energy Development
06/10/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/10/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
20 Questions
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available