Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Belgium: Construction of Balmatt Geothermal Power Plant Begins

Deep geothermal energy in the Kempen: What’s next? (VITO)

First cogeneration plant (combined heat and power) in Benelux

Two years after the start of the exploratory drilling to a depth of 3000 m at the Balmatt site in Mol, the next phase was launched today, the geothermal energy plant. Because there is a future in the Kempen subsoil, that much is certain.

During an academic meeting, the committed Ministers of the Flemish government, Muyters, Schauvliege en Tommelein took the floor, along with partners Atlas Copco, Eandis and IOK. After this, the ministers unveiled a memorial plaque at the Balmatt site, where the first preparations are already underway for a third exploratory drilling. With this drilling, the Flemish institute for technological research (Vito)’s experts want to research the geothermal potential of the earth’s strata dating from the Devonian. Also in the field of innovative drilling, in order to make geothermal energy possible in geologically less suitable areas, VITO will launch a project. To be continued!

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