Thursday, May 10, 2018

United Kingdom: Drilling at Geothermal Lido to Complete in September

The original Art Deco lido that’ll soon be as warm as a bathtub, thanks to Icelandic-style geothermal energy (Country Life)

Penzance’s Art Deco Jubilee Pool, one of the last saltwater lidos remaining in Europe, will soon become the first in Britain to be heated by geothermal energy.

The drilling of a 0.8-mile-deep geothermal well began in March and, upon its completion in September, a large, semi-circular section of the pool will boast bathing waters as warm as 35˚C. It’s scheduled to open to the public in spring 2019.

Work on the ground-breaking £1.4 million project has been made possible by advances in geothermal technology, with a company called Geothermal Engineering Ltd doing the work.

‘We hope our facility will resemble a smaller version of [Iceland’s] Blue Lagoon,’ said Martin Nixon, director of Jubilee Pool Penzance.

‘Our pool already has the wow factor and with this new year-round attraction, it will be remarkable.’

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