We've talked about having to address some of the risks with geothermal, but in one sense geothermal is very predictable. Every three kilometres it's about 100°C no matter where you go on earth. I could be drilling in Poland or I could be drilling in Hinton, and if I go down three kilometres I'm going to hit about 100°C. In the Hinton area, and all across Alberta, in the Rocky Mountain Trench, some of the wells are five kilometres deep, so they're already at the 150° level. There are some wells in northeast B.C. that approach 180°C. In our industry we'd say they found geothermal, but what they're after, of course, is natural gas.
I'll go back to this idea about using infrastructure for more than one thing. The well has already been drilled, mainly for natural gas prospecting, and now we want to co-produce that well to not only use the natural gas and pipeline that away, but to send the hot water waste from that well first through a community. We do a heat exchange at the community, so their heat is transferred into something more benign, like a glycol loop. They can use that for productive measures as opposed to having to burn fossil fuels, and then that water is returned to the oil well or the gas well, where it had come up originally, and the oil and gas company itself was already processing it and dealing with it on site. It is a very closed loop. We're sending heat away to a community in the form of water, but the water itself comes back to the disposal well of the oil and gas site.
We have, literally, 800,000 wells that have been drilled in Alberta alone, not to mention Saskatchewan and northeast B.C. Right now there are several tens of thousands that are abandoned and several tens of thousands that are suspended. The producers have gone bankrupt because of commodity prices, not because the well went bad. We can repurpose what's coming out of those wells to perhaps just be a geothermal product, or the geothermal product may add enough revenue to now allow the operator to also sell its natural gas at a profit.
We're looking at having more revenue per infrastructure, so you get more capital intensity, in a positive way, out of the infrastructure. Hinton is really the poster child in Alberta, as well as northeast B.C., for infrastructure that's already penetrated useful temperatures to make both power and heat.