What Happens Next?
With the support of federal and provincial governments, strong partners like Epoch, and a long resource history, Hinton is positioned to be the ideal test case for technology and methodologies that may very well change the way our entire nation thinks about heat. There are over 4,000 wells reaching below 2,500 m within 70km of Hinton, some of which have temperatures as high as 140° Celsius. The potential of using both the bores, and the expertise, of our areas historic extraction industries to provide jobs in the renewable energy sector represents an exceptional synergy, feeling almost predestined as the perfect scenario for our region. In the same spirit as Hinton grew historically, from end of rails outfitter to mining to timber to oil and gas and now beyond, Hinton now looks to the future.
What is the FEED study?
FEED refers to: Front-End Engineering Design.
The Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy completed a pre-FEED study, which identified a well pair could recover a significant amount of heat, with the possibility of a 16-year payback and an internal rate of return of 5%, amounting to a level cost of service equivalent to natural gas without emissions.
The FEED study, now, will build on this success, diving deeper into improving economic returns and finding technical solutions for the possibility of a District Energy System. This will include a great deal of technical aspects in the course of a multiphase program.
How can Hintonites get involved?
This investment from the federal and provincial governments are the pieces needed to act on the initial evaluations funded by investment by the Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy.
Now, Epoch will carry out work to move forward. This will likely mean some stakeholder engagement and other opportunities. You may also see Epoch’s staff in the community, including possibly visits or calls to businesses or apartment buildings.
The Town of Hinton would recommend that anyone who receives a call or visit to take the opportunity to learn more and evaluate whether you may be able to be a part of this historic endeavour.
Hinton Residents can also call T.M. Gunderson at (403) 998-0312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Find more about the Hinton Geothermal project at Hinton.ca/Geothermal