Project code: 2018-004
Project type: Energy - Geothermal
Project Lead: Steve Grasby, Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)
Partners: Carleton University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University
Project location: Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, southwestern British Columbia
February 2019 update: This project is still in a planning phase, and so the scope and precise area covered by the research are being developed. Geoscience BC and researchers have shared project information with businesses, community leaders and First Nations in the proposed project area and are incorporating feedback as part of the planning process.
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This modern regional assessment of the geothermally prospective Garibaldi Volcanic Belt builds on work that started in the mid 1970's. The project brings updated geophysical and geological techniques and ideas to provide a modernized assessment of the geothermal potential of the region.
If geothermal energy resources are to play a significant role in the future Canadian economy, reliable, baseline geoscience information about the depth, temperature and permeability of potential aquifers - and their suitability to generate geothermal heat and power - is necessary. This project will take knowledge from previous research carried out at Mount Meager (see compilation here), a single volcano in the centre of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, and apply it to the larger Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, one of the highest potential geothermal regions of Canada. The results of this project will aid development of new resource models, creating greater certainty for generating national geothermal resource assessments, and reducing geothermal exploration risk in BC.
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