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Geothermal extraction closer

31st May 2014 @ 6:06am – by Cheshire East Council
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Plans for geothermal energy will take a step closer next month when the Council holds an open day to attract potential energy partners.

Geothermal is water that is naturally heated by the earth's core and can be drawn up to the surface retaining a temperature of up to 100 degrees Celsius, potentially supplying hot water to nearby homes and businesses.

Geothermal has been discovered in vast quantities beneath the Cheshire basin, near Crewe, on public land and Cheshire East Council is eager to find the right partner to begin extraction.

The Council is holding an open day in Crewe for potential partners on Thursday, June 5th and interested parties are being asked to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire by mid-June, which can be found at www.thechest.nwce.gov.uk

Earlier this year, Cheshire East Council was awarded £200,000 for geothermal exploration, representing the biggest grant in the country.

Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said: "Along with our partner, we will be exploring the benefits of drilling down up to 5km and extracting water at temperatures around 100 degrees Celsius.

"If this is indeed successful, we could be looking at an opportunity to heat homes and businesses in the area with this new technology."

The Council hopes to begin extraction with a suitable partner within the next 12 months, offering the successful partner a long-term lease and creating a revenue stream for the Council through rent and profits.


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