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Geothermal Feed Report Results

2018 11 20 | For Immediate Release     

The Town of Hinton has been investigating the potential for the development of a geothermal resource as a renewable heat source, recognizing the opportunity this resource presents to attract new economic investment and diversification, and to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

A Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) report was initiated earlier this year to examine the upstream, midstream, downstream, and financial components of a geothermal district energy system (DES).

At the November 20, 2018 Regular Council Meeting, Epoch Energy presented the findings of the FEED report. This report was accepted for information by Hinton Town Council.

“This project has put Hinton on the map for making conscious and deliberate choices about our community’s energy future,” stated Mayor Marcel Michaels. “The information and understanding achieved through each stage of the pre-FEED and FEED processes are vital to the development of geothermal projects in Alberta.”

Conclusions of the report find that due to complex, localized geological formations near Hinton, and a lack of suitable or available existing wells, a geothermal supplied DES as originally scoped would not be feasible. An option to drill a new well is possible but may make project economics challenging to satisfy. 

Results on both the midstream and downstream components were more favourable, supporting DES use of an alternative heat source to geothermal. Report recommendations include conducting a study on a combined geothermal heat and power plant; increasing building density in the Hinton downtown core; confirming building tie-in needs; increasing consumer engagement and participation; and identifying alternative viable heat sources for the DES.

Mayor Michaels and Hinton Town Council thank Epoch Energy for working diligently on this comprehensive and detailed report, and recognize funding partners Western Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, and Alberta Innovates for supporting the research and development needed to complete this work.

 
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Please contact Emily Olsen, Communications and Strategic Advisor, at eolsen@hinton.ca  or visit www.hinton.ca/geothermal for more information.

Background

Work on the Front-End Engineering Design, or FEED report, began in Q1 of 2018, with the intent of furthering the scope of geothermally-heated district heating facilities, developing a detailed capital and operating cost model, and confirming the economic viability of geothermally-heated DES in Hinton through a comprehensive financial model. The results of the pre-FEED report, completed in 2017, prompted a more detailed look at the potential for a DES in Hinton.

On February 6, 2018, Western Economic Diversification Canada, The Government of Alberta, and Alberta Innovates announced funding to support the Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy in completing a (FEED) report. These contributions totaled $1.2 million to conduct the FEED report

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