Thursday, January 4, 2018

France: Innovative Well Completed at Cachan Geothermal District Heating Project

First Subhorizontal Geothermal Well Completed at Cachan, Paris Basin, France (News Release)

On December 13th, 2017, the first subhorizontal geothermal well, designed and supervised by GPC Instrumentation Process (GPC IP), has been completed on the Paris suburban Cachan site for its customer Dalkia (EDF Group).

The well architecture is a world premiere in geothermal engineering as it achieves a 1,001 meter long, 87° slanted, 8"1/2 openhole drain in the Dogger/Bathonian, Mid Jurassic, oolithic limestone, target reservoir, at a 1,550 m true vertical depth.

The concept, first published in February 2011(1)  at the Stanford Geothermal Engineering Workshop, proved rewarding, further to well tests, evidencing a 450 m3/hr nominal discharge and a 16 MWth rated capacity.

This well will be further replicated by an injection well of similar architecture.
The new doublet, managed by a Dalkia/City of Cachan JV (Dalkia operator) will replace two, 34 year old, existing geothermal district heating doublets.

News submitted by Pierre Ungemach & Miklos Antics (GRC Member)

(1) Geomodelling and Well Architecture, Key Issues to Sustainable Reservoir Development. P.Ungemach, M.Antics et al. (2011)