BGP 2014 Summer Field Season a Success

Lakelse 2014 Borealis Field Exploration Team
Lakelse 2014 Borealis Field Exploration Team

Borealis Geopower spent June-August near Terrace, BC exploring their permit area and collecting valuable field data and information. The field exploration team included Borealis’s Craig Dunn and Ashley Derry, as well as two students from the University of Victoria, Ryan McQueen and Tercio Nunes.

The field exploration itself was a combination of non-invasive techniques that sampled various characteristics of the environment throughout the expansive area of the permit, yielding multiple valuable datasets. Water well sampling was also conducted as part of the exploration program, which provided an incredible opportunity to engage with members of the community to sample their private water wells and a chance to not only discuss the geothermal project, but also to get to know the people on a personal basis. Borealis was moved by the welcoming and supportive attitude of those community members that we had the opportunity to meet and would like to thank every one of them for their help and kindness. The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine (RDKS) was especially helpful in allowing us access to their own monitoring wells, and providing very valuable support to help us to complete our program.

We would also like to thank the City of Terrace, the Terrace Airport, BC Parks and the local business community for their support, and especially our project partners, the Kitselas First Nation and Enbridge Alternative and Emerging Technologies.

Borealis is excited to keep moving toward developing a successful geothermal project in the Terrace area.

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CanGEA talks geothermal with the ECOreport

In a recent interview with Roy Hales of the ECOreport, CanGEA’s Managing Director Alison Thompson and Policy Advisor Justin Crewson discussed the intricacies of developing geothermal in Canada. Many of the topics covered in the interview include:

  • The geothermal resource in British Columbia and the comparison between it and the rest of the North American market (the U.S. and Mexico) that has geologically similar settings, and thus show that for BC “the sky is the limit”
  • Geothermal power is not in competition with other power sources, such as hydro, but is instead complimentary
  • The ability for the development of a geothermal power industry to be able to attract additional industries to the province because of the prospect of a low-cost, steady power source (e.g. Iceland and the aluminum processing industry)
  • The advantages of the by-product of geothermal: it’s waste heat left over after it has been used to produce power, and its ability to give rise to entrepreneurial and localized business ventures that would utilize this waste heat
  • The difficulty of developing geothermal in Canada, and the fact that Canada is actually an attractive place for international companies to come and raise money for geothermal through our strong, resource-based stock exchange and to use it towards geothermal projects in other countries around the world where geothermal is actually supported, instead of investing in Canada’s own ample geothermal resource

Borealis’s projects are discussed in the interview, specifically around the 23-minute mark.

To listen to the interview, click here.

For more on CanGEA and their activities, please visit their website.

To learn more about the ECOreport, please visit their website.

APEGA Discusses Geothermal Potential in Canada

“Largely untapped, geothermal energy has the potential to become a major source of renewable energy in Alberta and across Canada. It’s clean, leaves a small environmental footprint, and it works as both a baseload and a dispatchable power supply. That is, once in production, geothermal energy can produce electricity on demand, day or night- unlike the green energy that relies on less predictable patterns of wind and sun.”

APEGA highlights opportunities for the Canadian geothermal energy industry in its Winter Issue this month, stating that the decommissioning of coal plants, the need for local power, and technology transfer opportunities with the oil and gas and mining sectors makes geothermal a solution to a number of its energy needs. Amongst those interviewed include Alison Thompson, Chair of CanGEA and Borealis GeoPower’s Craig Dunn, who speak about opportunities for geothermal power in Canada and the roadmap in getting this power to market.

Dr. Michael Moore, Professor of energy economics at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy rang his belief in geothermal energy audible: “There’s huge potential in Alberta to feed geothermal energy to the power grid, along with solar and wind power. With growing environmental concerns, we must investigate alternatives to fossil fuel,” he says. “Having a diverse system is in everyone’s best interest.”

Read the PEG_Winter2014.

Craig Dunn to Present at CanGEA Geothermal 101 Workshop Dec 18

Geothermal 101 Workshop
The Calgary Petroleum Club
The Trophy Lounge

December 18, 2014
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch included

The economic, social and environmental benefits of geothermal energy are profound and can solve some of Canada’s greatest current challenges, such as climate change, employment shortages, economic recovery and community development.

Craig Dunn, Chief Geologist of Borealis GeoPower, will be speaking at the Calgary Petroleum Club to highlight the potential for geothermal energy in Canada’s energy mix and its benefits to the Canadian economy. For more information about the event, visit http://goo.gl/xksQO1.