- Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
- Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10
Speaker: Dick Benoit, Consulting Geothermal Geologist, Reno, NV
Topic: Geology and History of the Soda Lake Geothermal Project 1972 to 2016
The Soda Lake geothermal field has one of the longer exploration and development histories in the Basin and Range Province. Multiple different owners and operators have had varying degrees of success in getting the field into production and working to maintain or expand the megawatt output. Its location, in the center of a large basin with production from unconsolidated to weakly consolidated rocks, has required post-drilling stimulation in most of the active wells to achieve commercial levels of permeability. While the field has undergone cooling at rates similar to other Nevada geothermal fields the cooling has been minimal to nonexistent for the past few years and the plant has been operating at a stable long-term output.
Dick Benoit has worked in the Nevada geothermal industry since 1974 and was one of the first geologists to explore the Soda Lake field, between 1974 and 1986, with Phillips Petroleum. He was able to resume work at Soda Lake in 2009 with Magma Energy (U. S.) and managed an extensive effort to update the geologic understanding of the resource, which ended in 2012. He was extensively involved in sitting the first two commercial wells and the most recent production well in the field.
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