In what's being deemed a critical milestone, a proposed geothermal operation near Fort Nelson is one step closer to reality.
The company behind the idea, announced Tuesday that it's completed a successful 30-day pump test of the Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal project.
“The geothermal resource in the Clark Lake Field will sustain temperatures of near 120 degrees Celsius and that the porosity of the flooded reservoir will sustain the extraction and re-injection of commercially viable volumes of geothermal brine,” said a Deh Tai Corporation release.
“The water chemistry of the brine was also thoroughly sampled and confirmed to be appropriate for development.”
Through its economic corporation, the Fort Nelson First Nation is spearheading the project and Chief Sharleen Gale is thrilled with the news.
“We are all incredibly excited for what the future holds. I am happy to see our people leading this energy transition in the Treaty 8 Territory located in Northeast BC. This revolutionary project will create major opportunity for our members, treaty partners and our neighbouring communities in the North,” said Chief Gale.
Construction is expected to start in two years time with commercial operations set for 2026.