NOTICE OF WORK - GeoExchange Project Well Drilling

Vancouver Island University’s GeoExchange Project is now moving from the extensive planning and approval phase to the actual ground breaking Phase. This Project has been designed to utilize the closed Wakesiah Mine water to provide a sustainable heating and cooling energy resource for our buildings on the Nanaimo Campus.
The first step in capturing this renewable resource is drilling two wells – a Production Well and an Injection Well. Both wells are located on VIU’s property with the Production Well to be located in the area between Parking Lot Q and R and the Injection Well to be located between Parking Lot C and the Navy League Building.
 
Please be advised that the drilling will commence Saturday, March 11th  with completion scheduled for March 31, 2017. Weekend work is expected.
Project:
GeoExchange
Type of Work:
Drilling two wells – Production Well and Injection Well
Reason for Work:
New sustainable energy resource
Contractor(s):
Red Williams Drilling/Smith + Anderson
Location:
Two vacant pieces of property – the Production Well is to be located between Parking Lot Q and R and the Injection Well is to be located between Parking Lot C and the Navy League Building.
Schedule:
Start:   Saturday March 11, 2017
End:   March 31, 2017
Impact:
Medium:
·         Expect drilling noise as the drills work through the bedrock and the mine water. The Injection Well will be drilled first. The Production Well will be drilled second.
·         There will be trucks and equipment on site.
Safety:
The contractor, Red Williams has provided VIU with an extensive Safety Plan.
Both locations will be signed and sectioned off. There will be noise during the drilling process.
Water and slug will be trucked off site and disposed of appropriately through environmental safe procedures.
Contact:
VIU Project Manager:
Deb Smilski
Ext. 6517

For any questions/comments, please contact the Project Manager listed above.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we complete this work.

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