Alberta No. 1 Temperature Log Confirms Geothermal Power Generation Potential in Alberta
Logging operation in the winter (Photo courtesy by Voltage Wireline)
March 11, 2021 (Edmonton, AB) – No. 1 Geothermal LP is pleased to announce that its recently completed detailed temperature log returned a bottom hole temperature of 118°C. Conducted on a SECURE ENERGY well south of Grande Prairie, this test confirms that the Alberta No. 1 project location has the required temperature to effectively generate geothermal power. The Alberta No. 1 project expects to be providing clean heat and power to Alberta’s energy mix by 2024.
“We are quite encouraged by this test. These results exceed the minimum of 100°C required to efficiently generate power from geothermal resources,” says Dr. Catherine Hickson, CEO of Alberta No. 1. “We were also excited to have worked with SECURE ENERGY and Voltage Wireline to carry out this geothermal temperature log. This work continues to highlight the synergies between geothermal and oil and gas, demonstrating how Albertan expertise can make Alberta a leader in the geothermal space.”
The data was obtained from the Winterburn Group at a depth below 4,000 metres in an inactive well owned by SECURE ENERGY. This result, which exceeds the publicly reported bottom hole temperature by 10°C, assists the Alberta No. 1 team in correlating the subsurface information gathered from decades of oil and gas operations in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to geothermal applications.
“This result provides us with confidence as we develop additional opportunities in this space,” says Stean Smith, Managing Partner of Terrapin Geothermics and Director of Alberta No. 1. “We see the Alberta No. 1 project as the first step in creating a robust geothermal energy industry in the province.”
About Alberta No. 1
Alberta No. 1 is a geothermal energy project located in the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16. Owned by No. 1 Geothermal Limited Partnership, it is developed and managed by Edmonton-based Terrapin Geothermics Inc. Alberta No. 1 is partially funded through the Emerging Renewable Power Program, administered by Natural Resources Canada.