Identification of geothermal reservoir from exploration data in the Bang hot spring area, Central Vietnam

Tran Anh Vu, Doan Van Tuyen, Tran Tuan Anh, Dinh Van Toan, Lai Hop Phong*


Worldwide literature shows that the potential for electricity generation of every geothermal source is depended on the local condition, so the exploration phase is an important step in the geothermal power development to identify the site, structural feature and temperature parameters of a geothermal system-reservoir. The paper presents some results of the first experiment carried out by using a combination of geological, geochemical, geophysical methods, and temperature measurements in shallow drilling hole (depth 250 m) were applied for investigation in the Bang hot water spring area, Quang Binh province, during the period from 2012 to 2015. The location and structural feature of geothermal reservoir identified by the resistivity model obtained from the magneto-telluric survey and geochemical analysis was a good consistency with the existent reservoirs of a typical hydro-geothermal system of magmatic origin. The temperature gradient and heat flow at the shallow drilling hole are reached 4.1°C/100m and 83.4 mW/m2, respectively. The reservoir temperatures estimated by both geochemical thermometer and temperature modeling are varied in a range 167-200°C at the depth >2 km. The obtained results allow to determine the suitable location for test drilling to the reservoir and to propose for the next phase of the Geothermal Program in the area.


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Bang hot spring, geochemical thermometer, hydrothermal source, magma, magnetotelluric method, geothermal reservoir


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