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Posted on: February 26, 2018

Groundwater Conditions at the Utah FORGE site

The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) project is a US Department of Energy funded geothermal energy research project aimed to design and test new techniques for stimulation and development of geothermal resources in hot crystalline rocks. The FORGE project aims to exploit these hot rocks by stimulating them and improving their ability to yield water to wells. For Utah, particularly Beaver and Millard Counties, the FORGE project is an opportunity to tap into vast new energy and economic resources stored as heat in the earth's crust. 

The Utah FORGE site is eight miles northeast of Milford, near the Beaver-Millard County line. Groundwater in this part of Utah is the primary source for agriculture and drinking water. The FORGE project will also use this groundwater for various phases of drilling, completion, stimulation, and circulation testing. Because the groundwater is important to the local community and agricultural economy and as a supply for the FORGE project, understanding the conditions and chemistry of the groundwater is imperative. 

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