Short Course VII on Geothermal Drilling Operations in the Azores 2017

The Geothermal Training Programme (GTP) is operated within Orkustofnun (The National Energy Authority of Iceland). Orkustofnun became an Associated

Short Course VII on Geothermal Drilling Operations in the Azores 2017


2017 (15 days)



Total participants


General topics

  • Drilling Technology


  • EDA Renováveis S.A.
  • EFTA European Free Trade Association
  • ISOR (Iceland GeoSurvey)

Target group

Drilling crew of EDA Renováeis S.A.


This Short Course was the last in the series of seven short courses that UNU-GTP held in the Azores, Portugal since September 2014.  This short course was a three-week event, specially intended for a drilling crew. It was from February 20th to March 10.  In all, 15 drillers and experts participated in the short course, thereof 2 women.  The teachers in the short course were Mr. Sverrir Thórhallsson and Mr. Kristján Skarphédinsson. 

The basic intention with the Short Course was to make the drilling crew of EDA Renováeis S.A. familiar with a drill rig it recently purchased from Iceland. The event was divided into two parts, the first week was intended for drilling operations consisting of reaming a well under supervision of the Icelandic experts, while the second part was a two-week short course on geothermal drilling operations, given at the Pico Vermelho power plant, in the Ribeira Grande geothermal field. 


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