Chinook Consulting provides several geoscience and engineering services to geothermal development projects

Many technologies perfected in the oil and gas industry have direct application in geothermal developments. Transferable expertise and technologies open opportunities for oil patch workers and companies in renewable power projects. Other industries draw on knowledge built in oil and gas development over the years, to advance exploration and development of natural resources such as Lithium and Potash.

Examples of transferable technologies and approaches:

  • Horizontal drilling
  • Software assisted geosteering
  • 3D and 4D seismic interpretation
  • Precision reservoir mapping
  • Magnetic ranging
  • Under-balanced drilling
  • High-efficiency mud systems

Wellsite geology

Geological Wellsite Supervision is at the centre of Chinook’s services. Deep geothermal doublets and horizontal wells harvesting baseload geothermal power benefit from geoscience supervision deployed on the rig while drilling.

Services include:

  • Cuttings sample preparation, description, logging, analysis and interpretation
  • Directional drilling and MWD/LWD supervision
  • Mud logging and gas detection supervision
  • Special geological operations supervision (DST, coring, wireline logging)
  • Comprehensive reporting and client communication

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Applicable to horizontal geothermal wells with single or multi-leg designs, geosteering is a tool used to pinpoint stratigraphic position and determine apparent dips along the boreholes in order to place lateral legs in precise reservoir locations. The service is deployed at locations on drilling rigs and/or remotely.

The service includes the following deliverables:

  • Continuous supervision of drilling operations
  • Continuous assessment of the stratigraphic location of the drill bit in real time
  • Correlation of drilling, MWD/LWD and mud gas parameters throughout the wellbore and against offsetting wells profiles
  • Use of offset well information to optimally land the build section, utilizing TVD logs with cross plot of offset data
  • Continuous monitoring and critical evaluation of the wellpath inclination and azimuth in relation to stratigraphic markers and porosity windows
  • Continuous communication with directional driller to make proactive wellpath adjustments ensuring wellbore placement remains within the acceptable stratigraphic window
  • Proactive evaluation of wellpath position in relation to existing and planned wellbores
  • Reservoir navigation

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Drilling and completions

Chinook Drilling and Completions services range from turnkey operations to optimization studies and project staffing. Services include:

  • Drilling Engineering and Operations
  • Well Delivery Optimization
  • Drilling Performance Optimisation
  • Project Management
  • Exploration and development planning
  • Remote Directional Drilling
  • Drilling Solutions
  • Integrated Services
  • Manpower Services

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Reservoir evaluation

Reservoir studies are performed by Chinook’s technical team using state of the art interpretation and analytics software.

  • Basin Analytics
  • Reservoir Evaluation
  • Log Analysis
  • Technical Studies
  • Regional and Pool Geomodeling
  • Geophysical Evaluation
  • Mineralogic Modeling

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Geochemistry and lab services

Geochemical analyses are utilized in exploratory investigations, regional framework studies, drilling and completions optimization, field and reservoir evaluation and development. Tools and process es offered by Chinook’s lab services include:

  • XRF Analysis
  • XRD Analysis
  • Hyperspectral Analysis
  • Mud Gas Sampling
  • Grain Size Analysis
  • Petrographic analyses (including core logging)

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Chinook is a member of several Geothermal organizations:

  • CanGEA, a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science and promoting geothermal research and development in Canada.
  • Geothermal Canada, an organization that promotes the industry and the potential of geothermal energy in Canada through outreach events, research, policy work and representation of Canadian interests internationally.

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