Recent Radon Transient Experiments


P. Kruger, L. Semprini, G. Cederberg, and L. Macias

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Puna, Hawaii; Larderello, Italy


Stanford Geothermal Workshop




Well Testing and Formation Evaluation



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Radon transient analysis is being developed as a method complementary to pressure transient analysis for evaluation of geothermal reservoirs. The method is based on the observations of Stoker and Kruger (1975) that radon concentration in produced geothermal fluids is related to geothermal reservoir type, production flow rates, and time. Stofer and Kruger showed that radon concentrations were markedly different in vapor-dominated and liquid-dominated systems, and varied not only among wells of different flow rate in an individual reservoir, but also varied timewise in individual wells. The potential uses of radon as an internal tracer for geothermal reservoir engineering were reviewed by Kruger, Stoker, and Umafia (1977). Also incluaed were results of the first transient test performed with rapid flow rate change in a vapor-dominated field. The results of the next four radonflow rate transient experiments were summarized by Kruger (1978), in which effects of well interference and startup production in a new well were demonstrated. Four of these first five radon transient experiments have been carried out in vapor-dominated reservoirs at The Geysers in California and Serrazzano in Italy. of the transients of radon concentration following abrupt changes in flow rate is being evaluated by Warren and Kruger (1978). The fifth test was at the HGP-A well in Hawaii, the first transient test in a liquid-dominated reservoir.

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