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Geothermal project news is encouraging

Posted: January 31, 2013 - 1:22pm  |  Updated: February 1, 2013 - 8:40am

Recent news the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas has approved the lease of land on Augustine Island for geothermal energy exploration is good news, anyway you want to look at it.

Some consider a gas line off the North Slope the long-term solution to energy needs in Alaska. And we’ve all certainly heard the clamoring about the possibility of immediate gas shortages coming from Cook Inlet.

If we can accomplish both — turn around Cook Inlet production and get a line off the North Slope — they will be solutions for the immediate and near term.

But these things aren’t forever energies. Geothermal is.

Just thinking about the prospect of adding geothermal energy to our portfolio gives us hope — certainly any future project will help secure the state’s energy future, will provide jobs and possibly research data that could be used elsewhere in the state or the nation for that matter.

Moreover, we think it is prudent for our state to not just be a leader in all things oil and gas, but in energies of all colors, shapes and sizes.

An official with a Lower 48 geothermal company told the Clarion his company is confident there are geothermal resources to be found on nearby Mount Spurr, which has had ongoing geothermal testing.

While the first round of that Mount Spurr testing did not gather the best results, the company has decided to reorganize and test in another location. That same official told the Clarion he was in Juneau recently to speak to the Legislature and said he received general support for the project.

 

In short: We’re glad to see the state offering up more possibilities to alternative energy sources, particularly those that are renewable and low-footprint like geothermal. Progress in renewable energies can only add to the success of Alaska’s future.

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BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 02/01/13 - 04:31 pm
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Great for Pebbles

I think one thing being overlooked or unspoken is the close proximity to the huge 450 megawatt demand of the Pebble Mine. Yes baby somebody has their thinking cap screwed on real tight. Heck you could set a platform up 4 or 5 miles offshore and drill some real long honey holes. Wonder how many turbines it takes to get 450 megawatts out the other end? Do you think it's a posibility somebody is holding their hand a little close so as not to show us ALL those cards?

spwright
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spwright 02/07/13 - 08:05 am
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Mt Spurr ?

Wasn't this attempted just recently at Mt Spurr across Cook Inlet & near Anchorage ?
What happened w/ that GeoThermal Project ?
SPW

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 02/07/13 - 09:01 am
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Not Close enough to Pebble

Caught between a rock and a hard place. Begich started to look at the thermal potential near Mt Spur and was all for this alternate energy source and since he went to Washington, nada. But seriously with this truely dynamic potential so much closer to the grid why is somebody looking at Augustine?
I worked derricks on a rig drilling all around Bachatna Creek during 1972 the coldest winter I remember around here. At 40 below up in the derrick you couldn't hold you gloved hand on the drill collars very long as you tied then back, they were that hot . We didn't drill past 2600' maybe 3000', so this is shallow. I'd bet good money research into these locations would show very good thermal potential.These wells were all in the Drift River area and very accesable for developement. But if anyone is serious, we with all haste should take a flight to Iceland, enquire around and find a real thermal genious and offer him a green ticket! Just think about it, in Iceland your electricity is FREE and no CO2 is made in this process. Wonder how big a canery your could build somewhere with unlimited nearly free steam? Bet that old west side Snug Harbor Canery is close enough to the source.

Brian Smith
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Brian Smith 02/07/13 - 09:50 am
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SPW - Spurr update

You can find an update on the Spurr project at the bottom of this story: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-01-27/decision-could-set-in-motion...

In short, initial drilling didn't come up so hot, so to speak, but the company is reassessing it's options and plans to try again. They say they are confident the resource is there — it is just a matter of logistics.

spwright
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spwright 02/07/13 - 10:06 am
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HOT !

2/7/13 Talk about something HOT ! I don't think that I would want to be near a hole being drilled into a active Volcano !

I am all for ALTERNATE SOURCES OF ENERGY
I sincerely hope this works ?

Thank You Brian for your Time. SPW

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