Frontier Drillings Impact on the future of Geothermal Drilling


Frontier Drilling's Rig 16 FORGE Press Releases

Frontier Drilling’s Rig 16 provided the University of Utah record-breaking performance while drilling the Forge 56-32 and completed the Forge 16A(78)-32 60 days ahead of schedule

“Despite the technical challenges presented, this well was completed in about one-half the time initially planned with the help of these advanced approaches and tools that can be emulated at other geothermal drilling sites. The Utah FORGE team originally planned for 136 days from the beginning of drilling to release the rig, but ultimately the rig was released just 74 days after drilling began. Adding another layer of complexity to the drilling operations, the team collected approximately 74 feet of valuable metamorphic and granitic core, which will be made available to the scientific community. The remarkable drilling of this injector/producer well demonstrates what can be achieved by the geothermal industry using state-of-the-art drilling approaches and tools.”

“According to Reed Hycalog, the bit manufacturer, drilling well 56-32 set a record for a bit run of 1208 ft in 53 hours, drilling on average 25 ft/hr in hot, crystalline granite.”

“SALT LAKE CITY, UT., Feb. 2, 2021 - The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is excited to announce the successful completion of its first highly deviated deep well. It was completed 60 days ahead of schedule.

Rig 16 on the Utah FORGE project

Image by Cullen Jones