Wednesday, September 30, 2015

France: Strasbourg Geothermal Project Gets Green Light

State allows geothermal drilling near Strasbourg (News AFP)

(Translated from French) The prefect of the Bas-Rhin region announced Tuesday that it had authorized a geothermal deep drilling project at Ostwald (suburb of Strasbourg), a project that he said will be accompanied by a "network monitoring "to" control the risk of micro-seismicity. "

The project, designed by the group Electricit√© de Strasbourg (ES, a subsidiary of EDF), aims to power a future district heating system and industrial facilities.  It was the subject of a public inquiry in April and May, and a "significant citizen involvement, legitimate given the stakes," observed the prefect Stephane Fratacci.

The first drilling should take place in the summer of 2016.

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