Petrophysical parameters of the Lower Triassic deposits in prospective location for Enhanced Geothermal System (central Poland)

Anna Sowizdzal, Bartosz Papiernik, Grzegorz Machowski, Marek Hajto


In the years 2010-2013, analysis of rocks that build the sedimentary covers in Poland was carried out from the point of view of energy utilization accumulated in hot dry rocks – used in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). As a result of a number of analytical studies, the area situated in the central part of Poland was selected as one of prospective areas for location of EGS in sedimentary rocks. This area encompasses a major part of the Mogilno-Łódź Trough, a part of the Kujawy Swell and a small fragment of the Fore-Sudetic Monocline. The most favourable conditions for development of EGS occur in deposits of the Lower Triassic in the Krośniewice-Kutno vicinity where they are buried to depths greater than 5000 m b.s.l., have thicknesses exceeding 1500 m and are characterized by porosity about 2.5% and permeability about 0.1 mD. In the selected area, thermal characterization of the formation was carried out for location of the EGS in sedimentary rocks. The temperature at the top of Lower Triassic reservoir is in the range 165-175°C. Characterization of petrophysical parameters constituted the basis for further modelling of EGS utilization in selected area.


Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS), Polish Lowlands, Lower Triassic, petrophysical parameters

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