HyTerra all set for testing of Nebraska natural hydrogen well
HyTerra and its operating partner Natural Hydrogen Energy expect to start an extended flow test of their Hoarty NE3 natural hydrogen exploration well in February.
Service providers are now preparing to mobilise the rig and supporting equipment to the wellsite at Project Geneva in Nebraska.
Hoarty NE3 well targeted Precambrian basement rocks predicted to contain hydrogen enriched gases and has been drilled, completed and swab tested.
Manual sampling of gas from the drilling mud has already yielded elevated hydrogen concentrations while gas evacuated, while swabbing burned with a clear flame in direct sunlight, which is interpreted as hydrogen gas being predominant in the stream.
HyTerra (ASX:HYT) has a 10% interest in Project Geneva with the right to earn up to 51% under its Joint Development Agreement with Natural Hydrogen Energy.
Natural hydrogen is formed naturally through geochemical reactions within the earth and trapped in reservoirs akin to those that host oil and gas.
The project is favourably located near infrastructure and market opportunities in Geneva, Nebraska.
It includes the world’s first wildcat exploration well to specifically target natural hydrogen.
Testing of the well will involve dewatering the well with a pump to reduce hydrostatic pressure on prospective zones, which is expected to allow hydrogen enriched gases in these zones to flow freely.
Well and flow data will be recorded over a period of about three months to understand the hydrogen production potential of the well by measuring parameters that include gas composition, pressure and flow rate.
This data will also be used to establish a resource estimate.
This article was developed in collaboration with HyTerra, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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