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US Department of Energy Selects Sandia’s Fallon Site for Major Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Study
Itasca is part of the Sandia National Laboratories' team selected, as one of two groups, by the U.S. Department of Energy to fully instrument, characterize, and permit candidate sites for an underground laboratory to conduct cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). The Sandia team will be working on a site in Fallon, Nevada while the second team, led by the University of Utah, will be working at a site in Milford, Utah.
Other Sandia team members include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Nevada-Reno, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Navy, Ormat Nevada Inc., and GeothermEx/Schlumberger. This research is under the auspices of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program. Itasca's contribution to the team will be providing expertise for developing the EGS reservoir using geomechanics, fracture modeling, seismic monitoring, and simulating fluid treatments. Itasca will have a range of our software tools available for use on the project, including 3DEC, XSite, UDEC, and InSite.