Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-TT Technology & Techniques

[S-TT47] Recent Advances in Exploration Geophysics (RAEG2018)

Thu. May 24, 2018 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM A11 (Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall)

convener:Hitoshi Mikada(Kyoto University), Yoshihisa Iio(Disater Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University), Nobukazu Seama(神戸大学大学院理学研究科惑星学専攻, 共同), Junichi Takekawa(Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University), Chairperson:Takekawa Junichi, Mikada Hitoshi

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

[STT47-11] High-resolution microseismic monitoring for water injection in Okuaizu Geothermal Field, Japan

★Invited Papers

*Kyosuke Okamoto1, Yi Li1, Hiroshi Asanuma1, Takashi Okabe2, Yasuyuki Abe3, Masatoshi Tsuzuki4 (1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 2.Geothermal Energy Research & Development Co., Ltd., 3.Okuaizu Geothermal Co., Ltd., 4.Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation)

Keywords:Geothermal reservoir, Micro seismic monitoring , Water injection

A continuous water injection test was conducted to halt the reduction in steam production in the Okuaizu Geothermal Field, Japan (first round: June–August, 2015. second round: November-December, 2015). Microseismic events associated with the water injection were recorded by 9 seismic stations (5 on the surface, 4 in borehole). We report the spatiotemporal behavior of the fluid inferred from the microseismic monitoring.

In the determination of the microseismic events, arrivals of P- and S-waves were manually picked from 1,000 Hz sampling continuous data. The determined events were further processed by a cluster analysis using waveform coherence to reproduce a high-resolution distribution of microseismic vents. We found that there were three patterns for microseismic events in terms of spatial distribution, which had correlation with the spatial distribution of water flow estimated by well head pressures. The result suggested that the high-resolution microseismic monitoring could indicate water flow associated with the water injection.

This work was partially supported by the “Technology to Evaluate and Manage Geothermal Reservoirs” project sponsored by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC).