Estimation of the formation temperature from the inlet and outlet mud temperatures while drilling geothermal formations

Tekin, Sema
Formation temperature is an important parameter in geothermal drilling since it affects all the components of the system such as drilling fluid, drilling operations and equipment through mud temperatures. The main objective of this study is to estimate the formation temperatures of five geothermal wells in Germencik-Ömerbeyli geothermal field by using inlet and outlet mud temperatures obtained during drilling. For this purpose, GTEMP, a wellbore thermal simulation model is used to simulate the process of drilling and to estimate the formation and bit temperatures of five wells. With the formation and bit temperature estimations of GTEMP and inlet and outlet mud temperature data from field; temperatures vs. depth graphs are plotted for five wells for two cases. In Case 1, cooling tower effect on mud temperatures is neglected whereas in Case 2 it is taken into account. For the estimation of formation temperature of the final depth, Case 2 showed better results with % 1,5-24,5 deviation compared to the % 3,6-25,2 deviation obtained in Case 1.


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Citation Formats
S. Tekin, “Estimation of the formation temperature from the inlet and outlet mud temperatures while drilling geothermal formations,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.