Could NWT’s former Con Mine be used as a source of geothermal energy?
August 25, 2021 By Canadian Biomass
The Northwest Territories’ decommissioned Con Mine – a gold mine which operated from 1938 to 2003 – may have the potential to heat and cool an on-site industrial park.
Upon its decommissioning, the mine was flooded with water which is naturally warmed with geothermal energy. Researchers from the Institut National de la Reserche Scientifique in Quebec, as well as the NWT Geological Survey, are studying to learn how much heat is produced from the earth’s sub-surface and whether it can be extracted for use.
Geothermal energy is a renewable resource than can replace a fossil fuels-based heating system, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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