Tuesday, September 29, 2015

United Kingdom: Crewe Geothermal Energy Project to Commence Drilling in December

Council approves geothermal well for Crewe but warns of 24 hour noise during construction (Crewe Chronicle)

Cheshire East has approved plans for a 2km deep geothermal well in Crewe but warned nearby residents might even have to be accommodated in a hotel if the 24 hour drilling during construction makes life ‘intolerable’.

Members of the council’s strategic planning board welcomed the proposal to provide the alternative energy source on the MMU campus at Crewe Green Road but most raised concerns about the noise from drilling during the construction.

Stephen Cooke, of Geothermal Engineering, said: “This project will be the first of its kind in the country. It’s an innovative use of geothermal deep drilling techniques. It’s a single vertical well that has fairly high temperatures down at the bottom, about 60 or 70 degrees, and that’s hot enough, where we can draw that water up, and put it straight into a normal building heating system without any intermediate heating above ground.”

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