Frio Sandstone Reservoirs In the Deep Subsurface Along the Texas Gulf Coast - Their Potential for Production of Geopressured Geothermal Energy



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University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology


In summary, detailed geological, geophysical, and engineering studies conducted on the Frio Formation have delineated a geothermal test well site in the Austin Bayou Prospect which extends over an area of 60 square miles. A total of 800 to 900 feet of sandstone will occur between the depths of 13,500 and 16,500 feet. At least 30 percent of the sand will have core permeabilities of 20 to 60 millidarcys. Temperature at the top of the sandstone section will be 300 degrees F. Water, produced at a rate of 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day, will probably have to be disposed of by injection into shallower sandstone reservoirs.


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Austin Bayou, Frio Formation, geothermal energy, geothermal engineering