Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Canada: Using Abandoned Oil Wells to Generate Geothermal Energy

Disused oil wells to be converted to geothermal plants (

Shaye Anderson (ND),
MLA for Leduc-Beaumont
Courtesy of Legislative
Assembly of Alberta
Sometimes something just makes sense. For less than half the cost of making an abandoned oil well safe, they can convert it to a geothermal generator. When you look at the hundreds of thousands of abandoned wells this makes a lot of sense (saving money) to the oil companies,

Disused oil and gas wells dotting Canada’s energy heartland may bear fruit for Alberta’s farmers under a proposal to use waste heat from the idle facilities to allow crops to grow, even in the country’s harsh winter conditions.

Provincial legislator Shaye Anderson wants the Alberta government to allow an old well to be converted to geothermal energy to heat an 8,000 square-foot greenhouse. Currently the wells can only be used for extracting hydrocarbons.