Statoil and Icelandic partners drill the world’s hottest geothermal wellStaff Writer | September 13, 2016
Statoil and partners in The Iceland Deep Drilling Project has just started to drill a geothermal research well on Iceland.
Hot energy Iceland is a world leader in electricity from geothermal energy
In a long term perspective geothermal energy could be a renewable energy source with potential, thus Statoil has research ongoing to test the technological and economic viability of this resource.
The geothermal research well on Iceland is an important part of this work.
The concept of the research well at Reykjanes is to explore the opportunity to extract renewable energy by drilling wells into reservoirs with high-temperature water heated by the earth’s magma.
The well will be the world’s hottest geothermal production well. The drilling involves deepening of an existing geothermal well down to 5 km depth at the Reykjanes site operated by HS Orka.
At this depth superheated steam can be brought to the surface at 400-500°C and used for efficient electricity production in steam turbines.
Iceland is a world leader in electricity production from geothermal energy and working close together with our partners is of great value to Statoil. Further research will be determined after this project”.
The drilling operation is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 at which point the project will enter into a two and a half year test period, where the objective is to confirm reservoir performance, well integrity and power production potential. ■