Friday, December 27, 2013


Play Fairway Analysis (EERE/Geothermal Technologies Office)

We’ve all been there: searching for a lamp in a dark, unfamiliar room. How do you find it? Based on your experience, you may know where it is most likely to be, but you need to know where the furniture is, or you risk a severely damaged shin.

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled "Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis."

We use the same process when looking for energy resources buried so deep in the subsurface that there is no surface expression of their existence. Play Fairway Analysis is a practice first developed in the O&G industry that uses regional and detailed geologic and geophysical data to build a detailed picture of a buried basin to identify the most likely candidate locations for drilling. Based on this picture of the ‘room,’ explorers can more readily identify regions of the basin that are most likely to have one or more ‘lamps’ (or energy resource). While we cannot know for certain if a targeted site actually has the resource until we drill, the regions and their potential sites can be ranked on the probability of success so that we head for the most likely areas first. When used in O&G exploration, this process improves the likelihood of success of finding the desired energy resource – no more stumbling blindly in the dark – and reduces the costs associated with exploration and development.

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