Thursday, May 11, 2017

Canada: Study Reveals Viable Technical and Potentially Cost Competitive Geothermal Resource in Alberta

Deep-Dive Analysis of the Best Geothermal Reservoirs for Commercial Development in Alberta: Final Report (University of Alberta)

Prepared by Jonathan Banks, Research Scientist, University of Alberta

Geotechnical  and hydrogeological data taken from well bore logs and rock cores were used to identify, map, and predict the power production potential of geothermal reservoirs spread across several municipal districts in western Alberta. These districts include the City and County of Grande Prairie, the Municipal District of Greenview, the Town of Hinton and the Tri-council of Clearwater County, Village of Caroline and Town of Rocky Mountain House.

This study provides critical information to stakeholders for catalyzing the growth of an as-yet non-existent geothermal industry in Alberta. On a broader scale, this study provides a case study for quantifying regional scale geothermal resources in sedimentary basins. Although considerable amount of work remains to be done in order to bring a commercial geothermal project to fruition in Alberta, this study conclusively reveals a viable technical and potentially cost competitive geothermal resource base in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

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