Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Canada: More on the Proposed First Geothermal Power Plant in the Country

Saskatchewan Did What?! Province OKs Canada's First Geothermal Power Plant (DeSmog Canada)

It came as quite a surprise when provincial electricity utility SaskPower announced in mid-May that it had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) — a contract for guaranteed sales at a fixed price — with geothermal company Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP).

The project in Williston Basin is an extremely small one: at five megawatts (MW), it will represent only 0.1 per cent of the province’s current electricity capacity. But it will be the first geothermal power project in Canada and experts say that it’s a huge step forward for geothermal, not only for Saskatchewan but the entire country.

“We don’t have any geothermal power generation in Canada yet,” adds Kirsten Marcia, president and CEO of DEEP. “A successful project like DEEP will really help bolster other projects in other provinces to move ahead and get a little more traction.”

Next up for DEEP is the completion of the $8 million bankable feasibility study, which the company has already secured funding for. Marcia says the company will be drilling in the fourth quarter of this year, once final well licensing is completed and depending on rig availability.