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Geothermal Power Plants, 4th Edition by Ronald DiPippo

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Chapter 3

Geothermal Well Drilling

Abstract

In this chapter we will briefly describe the drilling process. The confirmation of the optimistic outcome of the exploration phase comes with the successful drilling of the first exploratory well.

Keywords

Drill pad layout; rigs; bits; casings; cement operations; safety equipment

The well blew up like a volcano, everything came flying up—mud, tools, rocks, and steam. After things settled down, there was just clean steam. But the noise was loud enough to hear all over the valley.

Glen Truitt, on the drilling of well No. 1 at The Geysers—1922

3.1 Introduction ...

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