EGU21-8091
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-8091
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Identification of the socio-technical factors within geothermal exploration based on Plays with examples from Central America 

Javiera Chocobar1, Bernhardt Johst2, Rolf Bracke1,3,4, and Erik H. Saenger1,3,4
Javiera Chocobar et al.
  • 1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany (jp.chocobarvillegas@gmail.com)
  • 2Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, San José, Costa Rica.
  • 3Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.
  • 4Fraunhofer IEG - Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy, Bochum, Germany.

     The development of geothermal exploration has benefited from the inclusion of exploration protocols based on geological Plays classically used in hydrocarbon exploration projects. Despite being a research topic in which many efforts have been devoted, it presents weaknesses when evaluating the role of the communities (the social dimension) during the exploration process. To address the lack of studies, a qualitative research has been carried out in Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá) to determine the necessary factors to be considered in the social dimension within the geothermal exploration based in Plays.

     We have identified the social factors within each social dimension (demand, infrastructure, land access) and from this, a catalogue of the necessary activities required in the social dimension during the geothermal exploration process based on plays is proposed. The results of our survey will greatly contribute to the implementation of the Play-based exploration in geothermal projects because it reduces the risks associated in the initial phase of the exploration process and offers a step-by-step methodology that, when adapted to the needs of each country, can improve the efficiency of the current geothermal exploration protocols.

How to cite: Chocobar, J., Johst, B., Bracke, R., and Saenger, E. H.: Identification of the socio-technical factors within geothermal exploration based on Plays with examples from Central America , EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8091, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-8091, 2021.

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