Geothermal project moves forth with new drilling partner

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Alberta No. 1, located south of Grande Prairie and set to become the first commercial-scale geothermal facility in the province, has a new drilling provider.

The No. 1 Geothermal Limited Partnership entered into an agreement with the Calgary-based Akita Drilling for the exploration well of the geothermal project, according to Alberta No. 1.

“We have always stewarded Alberta No. 1 as a geothermal project ‘built in Alberta by Albertans,’” said Catherine Hickson, Alberta No. 1 CEO.

In 2019 Terrapin and Municipal District of Greenview council announced the intention to develop a geothermal energy facility in the Gold Creek area.

The Edmonton-based company Terrapin Geothermics developed Alberta No. 1, which is partly funded by Natural Resources Canada’s emerging renewable power program.

The project is budgeted at $90 million and is projected for completion in the first quarter of 2024, according to Hickson.

Alberta No. 1 is expected to produce at least five megawatts electric (MWe) net of electricity and 300 terajoules of thermal energy per year for local industry, Hickson said.

This energy is expected to benefit the forestry, manufacturing and agriculture industries.

Alberta No. 1 is further expected to create more than 300 direct and indirect jobs, according to Hickson.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News