Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Electricity; Geothermal; Volve

Abstract

"The increase in the world population is causing a significant increase in the global demand for energy. This rise in demand is generally met with the use of fossil fuels. But there is considerable pressure to lessen the release of carbon through the combustion of fossil fuels. One way that the oil and gas industry can provide increased energy without carbon combustion is by extracting the latent heat energy contained in produced oil, gas and water from producing reservoirs, and from water which is cycled through depleted, end-of-life or abandoned reservoirs. Extracting this energy and using it to provide direct heating to various industries and homes or to generate electricity using Rankine Cycle technology have great potential as a carbon-free energy source. The potential of this technology is especially compelling because it takes advantage of already existing oil and gas well infrastructure and expertise.

The aim of this thesis is to explore the potential geothermal energy that could have been produced from the Volve Field using the coproduced fluids. The Volve Field is a deep, offshore North Sea oil reservoir at depths of around 9,500 feet. The produced fluid temperature of the Volve Field is around 80°C, which shows a potential electrical output of 1MW per well. Different wells of this field were compared with other wells from other fields, namely the Wytch Farm and Wareham Fields in the UK"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Flori, Ralph E.

Committee Member(s)

Bai, Baojun
Dunn-Norman, Shari

Department(s)

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2021

Pagination

ix, 57 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 55-56).

Rights

© 2021 Subrahmanya Chandra Bhamidipati, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Thesis Number

T 11828

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