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New permit expands testing area of Tu Deh-Kah geothermal project in BC, Canada

New permit expands testing area of Tu Deh-Kah geothermal project in BC, Canada Work camp at Fort Nelson, British Columbia/ Canada (source: flickr/ mfoubister, creative commons)
Carlo Cariaga 28 Jul 2022

Fort Nelson First Nation has acquired a new permit to expand the exploration work for the Tu Deh-Kah geothermal project in Clarke Lake, British Columbia, Canada.

A new permit has been granted to Fort Nelson First Nation that allows for the expansion of the exploratory work being done for the Tu Deh-Kah geothermal project at Clarke Lake in British Columbia, Canada. We had previously reported on the start of well testing in the project that aims to construct a 7-MW power plant with potential to expand to 15 MW.

The permit grants geothermal resource rights for land parcels that total approximately 6,700 hectares. These are adjacent to the areas permitted for the project in the Clarke Lake gas field near Fort Nelson in northeast BC.

“Our government is committed to working with First Nations to advance new clean-energy opportunities in a low-carbon economy,” said Minister of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston. “The Fort Nelson area is not on the province’s electrical grid, so this project has the potential to offset natural gas-fired electricity and heat with clean, renewable geothermal energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide jobs and economic development opportunities for local services and businesses.”

Aside from producing geothermal power, the project will also explore heating opportunities from the geothermal brine. Potential applications include space heating, agriculture, or industrial process such as drying of timber products.

Previously known as Clarke Lake, the Tu Deh-Kah geothermal project was renamed to decolonize the site’s identity and better reflect its indigenous nature. Two wells have already been successfully drilled for the project.

Source: BC Government News