Snake River Plain Play Fairway Analysis: Phase 1 Report


This presents the results of Phase 1 of the Snake River Plain Play Fairway Analysis project, along with a proposed work for Phase 2. No new data were collected, but we list data sources for our compilation.

The Snake River volcanic province (SRP) overlies a thermal anomaly that extends deep into the mantle; it represents one of the highest heat flow provinces in North America. The Yellowstone hotspot continues to feed a magma system that underlies southern Idaho and has produced basaltic volcanism as young as 2000 years old. It has been estimated to host up to 855 MW of potential geothermal power production, most of which is associated with the Snake River Plain volcanic province.

Our goals for this Phase 1 study were to: (1) adapt the methodology of Play Fairway Analysis for geothermal exploration to create a formal basis for its application to geothermal systems, (2) assemble relevant data for the SRP from publicly available and private sources, and (3) build a geothermal play fairway model for the SRP and identify the most promising plays, using software tools that are standard in the petroleum industry. Our ultimate goals are to lower the risk and cost of geothermal exploration throughout geothermal industry, and to stimulate the development of new geothermal power resources in Idaho.

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DOE Project Name: Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis of the Snake River Plain, Idaho
DOE Project Number: EE0006733
DOE Project Lead: Mike Weathers
Last Updated: 5 months ago
Data from January, 2016
Submitted Aug 19, 2020


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John Shervais
Utah State University
James Evans
Utah State University
Jonathan Glen
United States Geological Survey
Jacob DeAngelo
United States Geological Survey
Patrick Dobson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Erika Gasperikova
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Eric Sonnenthal
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Drew Siler
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lee Liberty
Boise State University
Charles Visser
Dennis Nielson
DOSECC Exploration Services
Sabodh Garg
Leidos Inc
Noah Athens
United States Geological Survey
Erick Burns
United States Geological Survey


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