Friday, May 12, 2017

Canada: Abandoned New Brunswick Mine to Provide Geothermal Heating and Cooling for Community

Sussex seeks economic boost by harvesting geothermal energy (CTV Atlantic)

The loss of 400 good paying jobs in Sussex, New Brunswick, due to the closure of the potash mine has many in the community still looking underground for an economic boost.

A massive lake is forming below the surface of the town as groundwater floods into the former mine. That lake will eventually be more than 10 kilometers long. As a result, the town of Sussex sees the potential to harvest geothermal energy. The underground caverns are expected to be filled within a couple of years.

"Companies will be able to come in, tap into the heat and cooling available through geothermal, set up and employ people locally," says Bill Thompson, coordinator of Sussex Economic Development.