04 Oct 2010 12:10:00
Deep geothermal plant plans move ahead
Geothermal Engineering Ltd is seeking advice from international law firm Eversheds for the construction and funding of the UK's first deep geothermal plant.
The company was recently granted permission from Cornwall Council to build the facility on a brownfield site on an industrial estate.
Drilling is due to begin in early 2011 and, once completed, it will be the deepest onshore well in the UK at 4.5km. The plant will be capable of providing 55MW of green thermal energy and 10MW of electricity.
Stephen Hill, head of the team from Eversheds, said that the plant will advance expertise in geothermal energy in the UK and allow the country to "compete internationally".
Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd and chair of the Renewable Energy Association's Deep Geothermal Group, added: "With the development of our plant...not only can we contribute renewable, continuous power to the grid, we also want to change the way the UK meets its heat demands by offering energy-efficient, decentralised heat."
Cornwall Council also recently granted planning permission for the UK's first solar farm near Truro and said it expects to see up to 100 similar projects applying for planning permission in the coming months.