The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that they have provided funding to DEEP Earth Energy Production to build a demonstration power plant in southeast Saskatchewan.

"This project has been going on for a few years," explained Kirsten Marcia, President and CEO of DEEP Earth Energy Production. "We have completed a pre-feasibility study which was jointly funded through SaskPower and Natural Resources Canada. The outcome of that was extremely positive. So now we're able to continue on to our feasibility study."

DEEP Earth will receive $175,000 from the Government of Saskatchewan. 

"This funding supports the feasibility drilling. It will help support the drilling of two wells, both large production wells and the injection well. it will allow us to test the resource over a long sustained period of time in order for us to do the final modelling that we need to do for the resource."

That will then allow them to meet the criteria for the banking institutions in order to go into production. 

"We are very comfortable with the quality of the resource. Ironically it is all thanks to the oil and gas industry that has drilled into this resource numerous times, as well as the potash industry. We have real temperature measurements but for myself as a professional geoscientist and any other geologist would say, until you actually drill your own wells, you could always have a surprise so you need to adjust your engineering to meet those final criteria."

She adds that they don't expect any major surprises.

"It's pretty exciting. Right now we don't have any geothermal power production in Canada. This is astounding considering the United States is the largest producer of geothermal power in the world and yet we don't have a single megawatt in Canada."

"One of the reasons for that is typically when you think geothermal, you think hot springs, steam coming out of the ground. That's not what we have here in Saskatchewan. What is unique about our situation is that we're able to drill deep into the Williston basin to a depth of 3,400 meters before we hit the hard pre-Cambrian rock."

"Lying on top of that pre-Cambrian rock is this huge aquifer that goes all the way through southern Saskatchewan into North Dakota and South Dakota. It is extremely vast. And it's hot because it's deep. We can get deep enough into the sedimentary rock where we have hot enough temperatures for the water."

"What does that mean for southeast Saskatchewan? If everything goes as planned, we aim to develop multiple facilities selling baseload power to SaskPower. It's pretty exciting and I think it's a testament to the innovation that we see within our province."

"Here's a really great innovative way where we can produce clean baseload power with no CO2 emissions. Geothermal is the only renewal that provides power 24/7. It's not based on if the wind is blowing or if the sun is shining, it's the only renewable that can directly compare or replace coal-fired generation."

They will be drilling this summer in the Torquay area, along the US border. However, drilling the wells will take some time as will building the facility to generate the power.

"If everything goes as planned, we should be generating electricity to the grid in about two and a half years."

READ MORE: SaskPower Looks to Diversify With New Geothermal Agreement

READ MORE: Geothermal project one step closer to coming to Estevan

More Local News

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login