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Town in Saskatchewan eyes geothermal development

Town in Saskatchewan eyes geothermal development Oil pump near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada (source: flickr/ Arthur Chapman, creative commons)
Carlo Cariaga 17 Oct 2021

The city council of Moose Jaw is requesting for grant funding for the drilling of a geothermal test well to help continue studying the feasibility of geothermal energy utilization in the region.

In a Linkedin post by Steve Halabura, it was announced that the city of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, Canada through the Moose Jaw City Council has approved a recommendation to request grant funding for a proposed geothermal test well. The goal is to continue the exploration of the region’s geothermal energy potential for heating and industrial processing at the city’s Agri-Food Industrial Park.

Funding is expected to be granted via the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREPs) Program Capacity Building Stream of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Infrastructure Program. According to City Manager Jim Puffalt, the program can provide 100% of the funds up to $5 million to drill the test well and continue the feasibility studies for full scale industrial use of geothermal energy.

As we had reported earlier this year, the city council had voted to do an economic assessment of the geothermal potential of land southeast of Moose Jaw city. The results of this study are expected to presented to the council at a later date.

Moose Jaw already has a long history of geothermal heat utilization. In 1996, the Temple Gardens Spa was built with a spa pool drawing from existing geothermal wells. A historic hotel in downtown Moose Jaw is also benefitting from geothermal energy for heating.

Source: City of Moose Jaw via Linkedin