“International Conference on Geothermal Energy :
Exploration and Exploitation”
1st May,2015 at PDPU Campus, Gujarat
ABOUT CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR GEOTHERMAL ENERGY (CEGE)
In order to put Gujarat on unconventional energy basket in India, GoG took an initiative of establishing a centre dedicated to research & development activities in the area of exploration and exploitation of geothermal energy. In this light, with the support of GoG, PDPU established Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy (CEGE) on 10th of October, 2013. CEGE has carried out various geological and geophysical studies across Dholera, Gandhar and Chhabsar geothermal sites.
CEGE will be drilling parametric wells at Dholera for further investigation of geothermal energy CEGE is also carrying out research on implementation of Ground Source Heat Pump for district heating and cooling purposes.
International Conference on Geothermal Energy: Exploration and Exploitation
1st May, 2015
CEGE organized an International Conference on Geothermal Energy: Exploration and Exploitation on 1st May, 2015 at PDPU Campus. The key focus of the conference was bringing industry professionals, researchers, scientists, geothermal experts, policy makers, academicians and students onto a single platform in order to discuss the issues and challenges in exploration and exploitation of Geothermal Energy.
The conference was organised in association with Energy and Petrochemicals Department (EPD) and Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. (GPCL). The principle and associate sponsors for the conference were ONGC Energy Centre (OEC), New Delhi and Saket Engineering, Vadodara respectively. The event was also supported by the Petroleum Federation of India (PetroFed).
The event was highly successful as the event was attended by many eminent researchers, industry professionals, policy makers and representatives of government organizations and academic fraternity. The event was fruitful in terms on knowledge sharing and technical discussions.
The highlight of the event was the Round Table Session at the end of the conference. This session was organized to discuss the burning issues and challenges related to geothermal energy scenario in India. All the stake holders of geothermal energy in India and guests from abroad participated in the session. Many key issues were discussed during the session.
The event was covered by leading local and national dailies on the next day. The conference was covered by DNA, Divya Bhaskar, Gujarat Samachar, Rajasthan Patrika and Navgujart Samay (ToI Group), which is a huge achievement for the centre and the university as well.
Research Activities In CEGE
CEGE is carrying out exhaustive research in the investigative studies for analysing the resource potential of the above mentioned sites. CEGE has concentrated on three sites namely, Dholera, Gandhar and Unai for further investigation. Two sites i.e. Chabsar and Tuwa are being investigated upon by Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), Gandhinagar. Tulsishyam being a wild life area, was not considered for further studies.
CEGE has used techniques such as Geochemical studies, Magnetotelluric (MT) survey, and Gravity survey to identify the location of geothermal reserves in the study areas. 2D Magnetotelluric survey was carried out with the help of M/s PBG Geophysical Exploration Ltd., Poland at all the three locations. The acquisition, processing and interpretation of MT data has depicted the subsurface picture reasonably well.
In order to validate the subsurface picture depicted by MT, and to obtain process parameters, CEGE has decided to drill parametric well(s) in the sweet spots. Parallel investigation for identifying the best prospect for drilling is being carried out by integration of available and collected data. A roadmap has been prepared for planning of parametric well followed by an exploratory well over the identified lead and prospects and converting the exploratory well into a production well. The success of parametric well and further investigation through 3D MT will be a prerequisite for drilling the exploratory well for well testing and harnessing the reservoir energy. 3D MT has been completed at Unai, and the processing and interpretation of data is under progress.
Environmental Impact Assessment Study
Before drilling the geothermal parametric well, it is required to obtain Environment Clearance (EC) from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India. In this regard, Environment Impact Assessment Studies (EIA) is being carried out at Dholera location. M/s. Kadam Environmental Consultants has been given work order by CEGE to carry out EIA studies and obtain Environment Clearance from MoEFCC.
For further information contact:
Ms. Shreya Sahajpal Dr.
Prof. Tarun Shah