In Saskatchewan, Canada, drillers have hit a deep thermal deposit with waters at a temperature of 127 degrees centigrade [260.6F] at a rate of 100 litres [26.4 gallons] per second. The fact that they were able to horizontally drill at 90 degrees, appears to be a ‘First Time’ for Geo-Thermal mining (at least in Canada). It is anticipated that 3 megawatts of electricity can provide energy for 3,000 homes.
The Canadians drilled down to 3,450 meter [11,318 feet] depth, before turning and driving horizontally for 2,000 meters [6,461 feet]. Since they were drilling through sedimentary deposits, for them, tool wear was lessened [vs. for example, penetrating igneous mineralizations], one would expect.
It appears that western Canada, with its Geo-Thermal deposits, will become ‘ripe’ for well-thought exploration, as has been performed on this small, but very insightful, project. Investors should consider projects submitted by such miners; the projects could become quite profitable.
It should be put into context though, Geo-Thermal Energy is only efficient as temperatures can be maintained over hot-water ‘transport distances’. Thermal loss, is only preventable with excellent insulation; Its being used over great distances (from source to ‘electrification-generation’ location, or from source to structures for heating). Such projects require: cost efficient insulation, quickly applied, permanently. We understand the application/cost/performance/permanency requirements as they are common to our Mega-Temp™ Insulation Applications. Pipes, carrying 127 C [260.6F] fluids, having exteriors insulated with this Technology, can be touched with one’s bare hands safely; this we have done in ships’ engine rooms.
It is our wish that Canadians enjoy the natural benefits of Geo-Thermal ‘clean’ energy, and profit by it also. Other countries around the world should examine their potential acquisition of such energy under their feet. The thermal energy that exists is “Free For The Pickings” to those miners who ‘Wildcat’ their operations with fervor.
The world belongs to the aggressive. As some of us have been involved in Hardrock mining for years, we applaud our Canadian ‘Brothers and Sisters’ in this vital industry.
Reality: Sometimes the very wealth one is seeking, he or she is standing on top of it.