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Edmonton-Riverbend MP Matt Jeneroux has a private members motion on the order paper. M-122 calls for support for the geothermal industry in Canada.-------He said the abandoned wells normally would have concrete pumped into them to cap them. Instead, Jeneroux has been working with the industry to have those orphaned wells converted to geothermal production.---------




Diana Daunheimer commented on an article.
Geothermal retrofits are often a recommendation for old resource wells, however the reality is, very few of them are suitable for geothermal applications and it would be prudent of Mr. Jeneroux to become educated on the issue, prior to submitting motions in the legislature.
For the most part, the best geothermal resources in Alberta are at a depth of 5km, oil and gas wells do not reach this depth.
Additionally, these well sites are scattered about, largely in remote rural areas, and not placed properly for economic development of a geothermal generation plant and access to electrification, essential components of creating and transmitting electricity from thermal resources.
Most of these abandoned or inactive resource wells, of which there are now over 100,000 in Alberta alone, also come with a myriad of operational issues to deal with; damaged casing, leakage (over 10, 000 of these wells have known gas migration or surface casing vent flows-from AER St-60b data), contamination, lost circulation and induced fracture propagations (to which you would lose your heated water) and other technical considerations that would make them unsuitable, both environmentally and fiscally, for geothermal use.
Here is a good read on the matter.
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March 22, 2017 8:00 am
Updated: March 22, 2017 8:01 am

Using abandoned oil wells for geothermal on Edmonton MPs federal budget 2017 wish list

By Scott Johnston 630 CHED
WATCH ABOVE: Alberta's oil sector is pitching a plan to use tax dollars to get people back to work while also dealing with a growing problem: thousands of unused oil wells in Alberta. Tom Vernon explains in this January 2016 story.
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Thousands of unemployed energy workers are looking to Wednesday’s federal budget hoping their jobs can be brought back to life, when and if abandoned oil wells are used again.
The change? The wells wouldn’t be used to drill for oil, but for drilling deep into the earth’s core.
Edmonton-Riverbend MP Matt Jeneroux has a private members motion on the order paper. M-122 calls for support for the geothermal industry in Canada.

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“Right now we have 200,000 people out of work, and this an opportunity with a bunch of orphaned wells around that we can convert those to geothermal,” Jeneroux said in a phone interview from Ottawa.
“It’s a potential savings for the provincial government, but it also helps get people back to work.”
He said the abandoned wells normally would have concrete pumped into them to cap them. Instead, Jeneroux has been working with the industry to have those orphaned wells converted to geothermal production.
Jeneroux said there is potential not only in Alberta, but in B.C. and Saskatchewan as well.
“There’s 50,000 to 60,000 abandoned wells right now, so if there’s a potential in some of those that really gives people the potential to get back to work, but also the economic benefit as well.”
Geothermal is not 100 per cent guaranteed. The right hot spots are needed, and Jeneroux said a popular location is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
The Blatchford redevelopment was put on hold when it was discovered the proposed geothermal method to supplying energy to the carbon neutral neighbourhood wasn’t as positive as first planned when the vision for the city centre development was first drawn up.
Site map of phase one of the Blatchford site.
Site map of phase one of the Blatchford site.
Courtesy, City of Edmonton
“I’m not familiar with the scientific evidence behind Blatchford, but based on a lot of the details that I’ve seen, it needs to be in a geothermal hot spot,” Jeneroux said. “Without government support it’s often difficult to go and test if it’s in the right spot or not.”
That’s where Wednesday’s federal budget comes in. Jeneroux said the industry is looking for the same tax treatment as other alternative energy sources.
“Solar energy and wind energy is able to provide a tax incentive to go and pursue that technology, but geothermal isn’t.”
“One of the changes proposed by the Canadian Geothermal Association is that they’d like to see geothermal included in that. If that’s some of the regulatory changes that the government can make, then great, but what we’re calling on them is to take a review and take geothermal seriously.”
Jeneroux said he has had some support in discussions with Liberal cabinet ministers and back bench MPs.
INTERACTIVE: The hidden cost of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta




https://sites.ualberta.ca/~unsworth/geothermal/Majorowicz_Moore_ISEEE_EGS_2008.pdf

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Potential in the Alberta Basin Prepared by Jacek Majorowicz Michal C. Moore ISEEE Research Paper (Research sponsored by the Alberta Energy Research Institute) July 2008




In terms of future power generation, the geographic areas we have identified are not convenient or adjacent for use in high-demand power centers such as cities. This data suggest that wide distribution of useful heat value resources are available at moderate depths which have already been reached in oil and gas drilling operations. 

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