Low-Temperature Geothermal Potential of the Gaspé Mines, Murdochville

Authors: Raymond, Jasmin
Advisor: Therrien, René
Abstract: Assessing the low-temperature geothermal potential of a flooded mine site is a complex task involving hydraulic testing and modelling of an unusual man-made reservoir. It can be achieved efficiently taking advantages of the former mine infrastructures such as mining shaft that provided here a deep well directly connected to the mine workings. The former mining shaft P1100 of the flooded Gaspé Mines near Murdochville, Canada, was used to perform a pumping test during a study with the objective of assessing the geothermal potential of the mine site. Water was pumped during 3 weeks at a rate averaging 0.062 m3/s with a mean recovery temperature equal to 6.7 °C and less than 3.65 m drawdown was observed. The hydraulic response of the pumping test was reproduced with a threedimensional finite element model that simulates groundwater flow through the mine workings. Model predictions and a simplified energy balance calculation suggested that the sustainable energy extraction rate is attained at a pumping rate of 0.049 m3/s which yield a geothermal potential of 765 kW. This energy could be extracted with geothermal heat pumps used for space heating at Murdochville industrial park.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2006
Open Access Date: 12 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/18865
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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