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Baker Lake Geothermal Project (149377)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Derek Allerton
Company: Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC)
Schedule:
Start Date: 2022-09-03
End Date: 2022-09-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
The Baker Lake Geothermal Project (the Project) is located in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut (NU), within the 1:50,000 scale National Topographic System (NTS) map sheets, 056D05 and 066A08. The Project will be completed within the municipal boundaries of the Hamlet of Baker Lake. Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC), formerly the Nunavut Power Corporation, is a 100% Government of NU owned corporation that is the sole provider of electrical power in the Territory. The QEC currently provides power to the 25 communities in NU by operating (25) stand-alone diesel power plants in each, which means that it is dependent upon fossil fuels. However, the QEC is actively searching for new and renewable energy resources. QEC commissioned a Nunavut Geothermal Feasibility Study, completed by RESPEC, with guidelines set by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) for the Canadian National Geothermal Database (CNGD), published in June 2018. Baker Lake has been selected as a test site for investigating the geothermal potential in the Canadian Shield. The Project will consist of the completion of a small diameter, temperature gradient hole in which geothermal properties will be studied. Should this work yield positive results, further investigations, will be conducted that might ultimately lead to the construction of a geothermal heat and power facility that would help reduce, if not eliminate, the hamlet’s dependence on fossil fuels. The Project is anticipated to commence in the late summer or fall and will comprise the drilling of a single, approximately 800-metre deep, vertical core hole at a target location within Lot 447 of the Hamlet of Baker Lake. A small volume of fuel (less than 4,000 L), will be required to power the drill during the program and will be appropriately permitted and managed. A camp will not be required for the exploration program, as the project is within the municipal boundaries of the hamlet of Baker Lake. A community consultation visit to Baker Lake to discuss the QEC Baker Lake Geothermal Project is planned prior to the commencement of the exploration program. All field work and drilling will be confined to Lot 447 of Baker Lake as illustrated in the attached Figures.
Personnel:
Persons: 10
Days: 21
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8667 point QEC_Baker_Lake_Proposed_Drillhole_n83z14_20220401
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Other
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type B Licence
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Truck 2 Pickup Transport crew and equipment to and from drillsite.
Truck 1 Water Supply drillhole with water if source to far to directly pump.
Diamond Drill 1 Zinex A5 or similar Drill test hole for geothermal energy potential.
Pump 1 Water Supply drill with water.
Tank 1 Water Supply drill with water.
Tank 1 Mix Mix additives for drilling fluids.
Generator 1 Diesel - 20 Kw Supply power to drill.
Truck 1 Flatbed Mobilize and demobilize drill and equipment to site.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 5 205 Liters Fuel for diamond drill.
Gasoline 1 205 Liters Fuel for drilling equipment.
Propane 2 100 Lbs Fuel for water heater.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
CaCl2 50 50 Lbs Antifreeze
Oil 20 1 Liters Hydraulic and motor oil for drilling equipment.
Cleaning Supplies 5 1 Liters Cleaning products such as degreasers, Javex and hand sanitizer
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
100 Water will be aquired either via a pump or water truck. The water intake for drilling will be screened as per DFO requirements to prevent fish entrapment. Drilling will utilize recirculation and filtration systems to minimize loss of water and drill additives. Bio-degradable drilling fluids will be used at all times whenever possible. Drilling fluids will be directed into a properly constructed sump or an appropriate natural depression, at least 31 m from the ordinary high water mark of any adjacent water body, where direct flow into a water body is not possible. Within 5 km radius from centre of the Hmalet of Baker Lake. See Project Location Figure.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Qulliq Energy Corporation is firmly committed to the protection and conservation of the natural environment and to ensuring the health and safety of all employees, contractors, and people in surrounding communities. Potential environmental impacts of the Baker Lake Geothermal Project are negligible and mitigatable with little impacts on the environment. A single drill site will be located at least 31 m from any waterbody. Recirculation and filtration equipment will be used to minimize the amount of water used during drilling activities. Any residual drill water will be contained in sumps at least 31 m from any waterbody. Secondary containment will be used for all fuel and chemicals and appropriate spill kits will be located at each fuel cache and drill site. The drill site will be photographed to comply with environmental due diligence. All waste materials will be recycled and/or disposed of within Baker Lake or transported south to an accredited facility. For further details please see the Spill and Fuel Management Plan, Waste Management Plan, Abandonment and Restoration Plan, and Environmental Management Plan.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Non-Combustible wastes Mimimal Any material that can be recycled or cannot be accepted at the Baker Lake Waste Facility will be transported to an approved recycling or disposal site. Non-combustible solid waste, bulky items and scrap metal such as glass bottles, tires, plastic packaging and broken equipment that cannot be recycled will be transported to the Baker Lake Waste Facility.
Hazardous waste Mimimal All hazardous wastes will be sealed in appropriate containers, labeled, documented. A waste manifest will accompany hazardous waste in transit and all parties involved will be properly accredited. A hazardous waste storage area will be established adjacent to the main fuel cache at the drill site within secondary containment until they are backhauled to a registered hazardous waste receiver/ disposal facility.
Combustible wastes Minimal QEC currently has timber for the rig matting located at their Bid Construction site to be transferred to the drillsite when needed. When the drillhole is completed the timber will be dismantled, bundles and stored for future use. The small amount of combustible waste such as meal and paper products produced during each shift can be disposed of at drilling personnel accommodations. Anything else such as cardboard will be disposed of at the Baker Lake waste facility.
Greywater 100 m3/day If available, coarse gravel will be placed in the bottom of the sump to provide filtration, and supports will be built on the sides to prevent slumping. When full, sumps will be covered with enough material to allow for future ground settlement. Drill fluids/cuttings will be deposited into an excavated sump or natural depression, located adjacent to drillhole on the QEC power plant property, and allowed to percolate into overburden; minimum distance of 31 m from the normal high water mark of any water body
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2020-06-05
Originator: APEX Permitting Department
Public Registry ID: 17833
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Recieved: 2022-04-05
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Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
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Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2022-05-19
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Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
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Originator: APEX Permitting Department
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Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-05-19
Originator: APEX Permitting Department
Public Registry ID: 20177
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Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-05-19
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Category: Application form attachment - Project description
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Category: Application form attachment - Project description
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-06-13
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 20417
Document Size: 235.17 Kb

KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
YES
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
YES
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
YES
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
QEC believes that it is essential to develop projects in cooperation with local communities. The aim will be to provide seasonal employment and training opportunities for local community members whenever possible such as for geotechnical assistants and core cutters.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res
YES

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
YES
Describe the results of your consultation.
Consultations are planned after the NRI permit application is submitted

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
YES

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES



New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES