Friday, April 15, 2016

Canada: Combined Potential of Geothermal and Oil and Gas

Geothermal Offers Combined Climate Change And Jobs Solution To Troubled Oilpatch (Daily Oil Bulletin )

Alison Thompson at Crater Lake in Oregon, USA on a GRC Fieldtrip
Given her background as co-founder and managing director of the Calgary-based Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), Alison Thompson was perhaps the perfect candidate to promote the combined potential of geothermal and oil and gas.

In Alberta, the greatest potential lies in that combination, through the use of either the plethora of existing oil and gas wells or the province’s extensive knowledge base of its subsurface—gained through decades of oil and gas exploration—to drill fit-for-purpose geothermal wells into the highest potential reservoirs of hot fluids.

That opportunity is vast, she insists, and could be tapped right now, putting laid-off oilfield workers back to work.

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