All Alberta oil and gas wells as of October 31, 2016, have been assessed for their geothermal potential (through a study facilitated by CanGEA). There were more than 60,000 wells identified (out of nearly 600,000 wellbores in the province).
The wells are grouped into those with potential for Direct Heat (>60c), Industrial Heat (>90c) and Power Generation (>120c). The communities near the wells are also listed.
The interactive dashboard below allows you to evaluate where the >60,000 wells with geothermal potential are located and identify their possible application.
(Best viewed on a tablet or PC. Use the “Full Page” diagonal arrow for full screen.)
To recreate and explore the results, simply go to the associated dashboard (click on the image below) and then select the lower right button called “1. Direct Heat within 10kms of Municipality”.
Fuzeium took an additional step to link the study’s results to the operators/licensees who own the wells.
- The following static images show the companies with the most wells in each geothermal category.
- You can subscribe to Fuzeium’s Well Intelligence subscription to interact with the dashboard and identify all companies.
The potential for Direct Heat – Canadian Natural Resources has the most wells.
The potential for Industrial Heat – Tourmaline Oil has the most wells.
The potential for Power Generation – Direct Energy has the most wells.
- A brief overview of geothermal energy and the study can be found on Fuzeium’s web site, including 2 public interactive dashboards and 1 available under subscription. There is also a backgrounder paper available for purchase from CanGEA.
- The study was facilitated by the Canadian geothermal industry association, CanGEA, who worked in partnership with Alberta Economic Development and Trade and Cangea members, Enerpro Engineering, WellDunn Consulting, Non-Linear Consulting and Fuzeium Innovations.