Community in Nova Scotia looks at expansion of minewater-based heating

Main Street in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Source: Wikimedia Commons, Taken by: SimonP)
Alexander Richter 16 Mar 2017

The municipality of Springhill in Nova Scotia/ Canada has issued an RFP for a review on initial work on exploring the utilisation of geothermal energy through water from abandoned mines.

The municipality of Springhill in Nova Scotia is taking steps to further utilise geothermal energy.

As reported locally the local energy authority has issued “a request for proposals [RFP] March 13th seeking tenders to review a spatial analysis of the mines flooded with water beneath Springhill and introduce a number of deep-well test boreholes.”

Brian Herteis, Public Engineer and Capital Projects Engineer for the municipality, worked several years alongside the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources to geo-reference the mine workings. The RFP will serve to corroborate those findings.

“The first part of the RFP, we’re looking for a third-party to review things,” Herteis said. “Then we are looking for two or three boreholes. Not significantly deeper, but 500 or 600 feet down. Currently the deepest is about 130 meters.”

Currently water from the mine is used to heat the community centre and aids in ince making during the winter season, but so far only a fraction of the mine workings have been used for geothermal energy based heating.

Submission to the RFP will close March 29, 2017.

Source: Cumberland news