MS-52 Oil and Gas Wells in Areas of Colorado with Superior Geothermal Properties


This publication identifies oil and gas wells in Colorado that may be prospective for access to geothermal resources and potentially open for re-entry. Geothermal gradient and heat flow were estimated for all wells contained in the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) oil and gas well shapefile downloaded on June 4, 2009. According to provided locations, each well was assigned geothermal properties (gradient and heat flow) using the interpreted gradient and heat flow zones shown in the Colorado Geological Survey publications, MS-51 Interpretive Geothermal Gradient Map of Colorado (Berkman and Watterson 2010) and MS-45 Interpretive Geothermal Heat Flow Map of Colorado (Berkman and Carroll 2008). Using these predicted geothermal properties coupled with the well status code, wells were evaluated with regard to their potential for conversion to geothermal use. It is important to remember that the oil and gas wells were assigned geothermal property ranges and tier ranks based on interpretive maps of gradient and heat flow, not on intrinsic data from each well. Digital ZIP download. MS-52D