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Yes, this will be the first geothermal project in BC and one of the first across Canada. There are currently no other operating geothermal electricity facilities. Ground source heat pumps can be found across the province, but an electricity project of this scale has not been completed in BC.
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Fort Nelson is not connected to BC Hydro's main electricity grid. The Fort Nelson area receives power from the non-integrated area of Northeastern BC, which connects to the Northwestern corner of Alberta. The electricity supplied on this grid is very high in emission intensity compared to BC Hydro's main grid, estimated to be 13 times higher in carbon emissions.
We are still in a testing phase, and the data collected will answer that more precisely after the design phase. It is estimated that there will be enough electricity to power 14,000 homes.
Something to note is that electricity production will vary seasonally because geothermal energy is harnessed through a gradient, comparing the ambient temperature to the earth's temperature. Therefore, when it's very cold outside, more electricity will be produced than in summer when the temperature gradient is less intense. This is advantageous for Northern winters as there is higher energy consumption.
Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is 100% community-owned through Clarke Lake Geothermal Project LP, an initiative by Deh Tai LP. Deh Tai LP is the economic development arm of Fort Nelson First Nation that is responsible for several businesses with the mandate to maximize economic opportunities for Fort Nelson First Nation.
In most academic articles, the geothermal research of this site is listed as Clarke Lake; however, as a 100% Indigenous-owned project, this project must be renamed. You can read about the Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal logo and name background story here. The logo is designed by Fort Nelson First Nation member Kerissa Dickies of Air Communications.
The Clarke Lake gas field has decades of data from the gas industry that helps inform the geothermal facility's location and design. Gas field workers use to note that snow melted around the site due to the geothermal heat. This site has also been studied by the public sector and academic institutions, noting the high porosity of Devonian carbonate. Around 400 million years ago, the Clarke Lake site used to be a coral reef!
The Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal site is currently not open to the public; however, please visit our photo gallery to view updates. We also encourage you to visit the Liard Hot Springs and experience geothermal heat in these beautiful hot springs. Liard Hot Springs Lodge offers comfortable accommodations and easy access to this natural phenomenon, don't miss this prime location along the Alaska Highway.