Calgary’s Eavor Inc. has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide Eavor-Loop™ generated geothermal energy to the Joint Base San Antonio facility in Texas.
Eavor will assume a leadership role in contract execution, guided by the oversight of the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance, and partner with Chesapeake Energy providing its technical and operational expertise. Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Air Force Office of Energy Assurance will oversee all phases of prototype program development.
“We applaud the DIU’s innovative spirit and believe this pilot could be a role model for future bases, both on the national and international scale,” states John Redfern, Eavor President and CEO. “It is an honour and a privilege to work with the DoD, DIU, and Chesapeake in the pursuit of energy resiliency, security, and autonomy.”
The project will use the Earth’s inherent thermal resources, with a focus on extracting energy via conduction from deep hot rock using a closed-loop system. According to a press release from Eavor, this prototype aims to fortify defense infrastructure and deliver reliable clean energy regardless of electrical grid disruptions.
US Department of Defense funding of the feasibility study will allow subsurface work to fully characterize the geothermal resource to begin immediately. Once operational, this cutting-edge project has the potential to provide a constant supply of clean energy directly for use on the base, supporting the Air Force’s commitment to energy resiliency.
Chesapeake Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Nick Dell’Osso said “Chesapeake is uniquely suited for subsurface engineering, surface regulatory and impact mitigation and geologic resource characterization.”
Eavor’s Vice President of Business Development Neil Ethier says the project in San Antonio is the first of its kind for the US Department of Defense, he adds “success in this endeavour, will pave the way for Eavor and Chesapeake to deliver energy independence.”