Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Russia: Oil & Gas Wells in Western Siberia Can be Repurposed for Geothermal Energy

Scientists eye building geothermal power plants in Siberia (TASS)

Scientists of the Novosibirsk-based Institute of Oil and Gas Geology and Geophysics are studying thermal waters in the north of West Siberia as an alternative energy source, said laboratory head Dmitry Novikov, who is in charge of the project.

He said many northern settlements have infrastructure for the construction of geothermal power plants. He said deep wells had been drilled in many Siberian regions in the Soviet times in search for oil and gas.

"If no hydrocarbons were found, we got thermal water sources there," he said.
According to Novikov, the transformation of these wells into power stations will not require much spending.

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