Pagosa Verde LLC received a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate the potential development of geothermal resources near the town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. As part of the geothermal investigation, Pagosa Verde worked with the DOSECC geothermal drilling to drill several thermal gradient monitoring (TG) wells to test the geothermal capabilities of the area. Should data from the TG wells indicate a usable resource, then additional investigations may take place in the area. These investigations may include the drilling of exploration and confirmation wells and development of the geothermal resource for an end use. However, further exploration of the resource is dependent on the data results from the TG wells. The end use may range from geothermal-supported community greenhouse operations to construction of a 4-megawatt geothermal power plant, dependent on the results of the TG well drilling.
Six test holes were drilled in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, to help with development of future geothermal resources in the area. The Pagosa Verde project consists of one 2,000-foot-deep wells and five 1,000-foot-deep holes on private and schools lands near Pagosa Springs, about 60 miles east of Durango in southern Colorado. Developers believe temperatures of up to 180 degrees will be measured from the holes. Exploration hole drilling is scheduled to be completed by year’s end.
“Geothermal is a critical energy source to be explored and developed, especially as climate change and global warming become more of an issue,” said Dennis Nielson, DES chief executive officer. “We have the equipment and expertise to quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively assist Pagosa Springs in this important project.”
Pagosa Springs is one of several projects DES is undertaking. In an ambitious and challenging move, DES is designing and building a drilling system that will map the bedrock beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and search for the oldest ice. Teams will drill through 1 1/2 miles of ice to reach bedrock. Subsequent optical logging is expected to reveal if the ice contains volcanic ash, gas bubbles, and other materials that will help the scientific community gauge what the Earth’s climate was like a million years ago – and how it’s changed since. Project details can be found at http://bit.ly/1lX6hKU.
The company is also overseeing and conducting projects in Indonesia, Africa, and other parts of the United States.
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