Monday, April 1, 2019

Finland: Oil Company is Behind 40 MWth Espoo Geothermal District Heating Project

Mika Anttonen: The Green Oilman (Barron's)

Mika Anttonen
Fifteen miles from Helsinki, a massive drill plunges into the granite bedrock that is abundant across Scandinavia. Such contraptions typically stop at 2,000 meters in the search for hot water and geothermal heat. But this drill extends four miles down, into a substrate of Earth’s core so hot that the idea of trying to access it, and pull energy from it, was once unthinkable.

The team of scientists and engineers behind the St1 Deep Heat project believes this geothermal well can produce enough heat to warm a small city. The emissions-free project is estimated to produce a constant output of 40 megawatts of power. It’s an ambitious green-energy project. And it’s the brainchild of an oilman.

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