Innovation Saskatchewan is responsible for implementing the province’s innovation priorities and helping grow Saskatchewan’s tech sector. Effective April 2022, this includes operation of the Innovation Place technology parks in Saskatoon and Regina.

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DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp.

Innovation Place tenant since
September 1, 2021

The Atrium

Innovation Place, Saskatoon

Tell us about the DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp.!

DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp., (DEEP) is leading the way in renewable geothermal energy development by introducing renewable base load power generation to the SaskPower grid. This project will use innovation, proven technology, and a highly skilled workforce to develop and construct Canada’s premier geothermal power facility.

DEEP’s geothermal power project is located in southern Saskatchewan, a few kilometres north of the United States border within the Williston Basin. DEEP is in the process of finalizing its plans to build Canada's first geothermal power facility consisting of 35 MW of geothermal power.

Geothermal (or earth heat) energy is a clean, renewable source of both power and heat. It is proven technology that provides baseload (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) power, has low to no emissions and has one of the smallest environmental footprints per unit output of any power supply option.

The project is advancing with local world class oilfield expertise and redeploying that uniquely skilled workforce into a new clean energy industry for Canada.

What is DEEP's proudest achievement?

In October 2020, DEEP successfully completed the first horizontal well in the world to be drilled and hydraulically stimulated for the purpose of geothermal power generation. The horizontal well was drilled to a vertical depth of roughly 3,500 meters and then drilled horizontally for 2,000 more meters.

This well became the producer well in an extended production and injection test (“loop test”) starting January 1, 2021. The “loop test” was designed to better understand the production and injection characteristics of the geothermal resource and allow DEEP’s reservoir engineers to finalize the production and injection well design parameters for the first 35 MW power plant.

Are there any Saskatchewan-specific programs, opportunities or connections that have helped your company?

Innovation Saskatchewan has assisted DEEP advancing to where we are today, thank you, we are grateful!

What’s one thing DEEP cannot function without?

Like most companies and especially during the pandemic — computers, Teams and Zoom.

DEEP’s planning and design team is spread primarily across Saskatchewan and Alberta so it is necessary to be able to communicate and collaborate as efficiently as possible.

What does being part of the Saskatchewan tech community mean to you?

As part of Saskatchewan’s environmental commitment, SaskPower is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. It’s a big effort, requiring new partners, because for generations the bulk of Saskatchewan’s power has come from carbon-based power generation.

DEEP will be one of SaskPower’s partners providing all its geothermal power to SaskPower to help SaskPower meet its goals.

How does Innovation Place help you thrive in Saskatchewan’s tech sector? (We had to ask!)

Given we have only been at Innovation Place for a short time and moved in during the pandemic, we are still adjusting; however, we were attracted to the campus style environment and the amenities it offers.

What’s the #1 piece of advice you give to people?

DEEP’s CEO Kirsten Marcia's quote “Be prepared to pivot!”

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