Kirsty Shorter, 17 March 2020
Drilling, installation and testing of 12 boreholes
The British Geological Survey is currently constructing a geoenergy observatory in Glasgow, Scotland to provide an underground research facility to study abandoned mine water geothermal heating and cooling. The works started in November 2018 with drilling of a stratigraphic rotary cored borehole to 199 m (102 mm dia. core) with installation of downhole seismic sensors, followed by open hole drilling of 11 further boreholes. A series of wireline logs (gamma, caliper, sonic/cement bond) were run in the deeper boreholes, drill cuttings were collected from all open hole boreholes, with installation of temperature (DTS) and ERT cables on the outside of the casing of the mine water boreholes. Six of the boreholes were screened over the mine workings, two in the bedrock and three holes were screened in the superficial deposits to enable environmental baseline monitoring of groundwater chemistry and water quality parameters. Most recently, in early 2020, hydrogeological test pumping was undertaken on 10 boreholes (step-drawdown and constant rate).
Full details of this project can be found on the dedicated website: https://www.ukgeos.ac.uk/observatories/glasgow
Next steps will finalise well installations including CT2X data loggers (with monthly downloads), bladder pumps in seven mine water and bedrock boreholes, and submersible pumps in the three superficial boreholes. The surrounding compounds will be installed with ground gas probes, near surface scanning lasers (for CO2 and CH4), InSAR reflectors, barometers and a weather station. We will also be starting a monthly groundwater sampling programme for the next year. During the sampling each month, field parameters of the water samples will be manually recorded, this includes pH, temperature, specific electrical conductivity (SEC), oxidation-reduction potential (Eh) and dissolved oxygen. Samples collected include organics (total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)); Inorganics, isotopes (C and O/H), organic carbon, Cr6+, NH4, and alkalinity measurements.
This project will contribute to MUSE by furthering our understanding of the geothermal potential of a mined system, providing new data and evidence for low enthalpy geothermal in a highly monitored system.
The Glasgow Observatory will be available for research in 2020 and access requests are currently being accepted. For more information on how you might be able to use this facility please go to:
Older MUSE posts:
- Pilot area activities – #9 Geological and Hydrogeological surveys in Cardiff, UK
- Pilot area activities – #8 Hydrogeological and geothermal surveys in Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Pilot area activities – #7 New construction of a shallow geothermal installation in Prague, Czech Republic
- Pilot area activities – #6 Groundwater monitoring in Girona, Catalonia, Spain
- Pilot area activities – #5 Geothermal data analysis in Aarhus, Denmark
- Pilot area activities – #4 Geothermal data collection in Cork City, Ireland
- Pilot area activities – #3 Groundwater monitoring in Zaragoza, Spain
- Pilot area activities – #2 Geological and geophysical surveys in Linköping, Sweden
- Pilot area activities – #1 Groundwater monitoring in Vienna, Austria
- Geophysical survey in Anderlecht
- MUSE team meeting in Cardiff, UK
- Knowledge Exchange Workshop of MUSE and HotLime projects held in Zagreb
- MUSE leaflet available now
- The MUSE team met in Essen, Germany