24 Feb 2011 10:02:10
Drilling on Newcastle city centre borehole begins
Work has started on drilling a 2,000 metre borehole in Newcastle city centre, the deepest ever to be drilled in a UK city.
The team, led by Professor Paul Younger, believes excavating to this depth will allow them to access water at a temperature of 80 degrees C.
This water will then be used to heat the Science Park due to be built on the site and nearby buildings. The Eldon Square Shopping Centre is already said to have shown interest in the development.
Newcastle and Durham Universities were granted £400,000 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to make the project happen. Further cash was provided by Newcastle Science City Partnership.
Commenting when the project was awarded the DECC funding, Professor Younger said: "If successful it will pave the way for similar projects across the country where we know similar deep fault lines exist such as Carlisle and the Craven Faults in West Yorkshire and Lancashire."
Keele University also received a grant from the department for drilling a 1,200 metre borehole at its sustainable campus, while Cofely District Energy Limited was awarded funding to contribute to the refit of the deep geothermal well in Southampton.