Geothermal Engineering – Cornwall

Geothermal Engineering – Cornwall

The proposal was ambitious – the UK’s first large scale geothermal plant capable of producing around 10MW of electricity and 50MW of heat. Drawing on in-depth knowledge of geothermal technology from experience gained during the first hot dry rock project in Cornwall, Geothermal Engineering Ltd were looking initially to drill an exploration well to a vertical depth of around 4500m, followed if successful by two additional wells and an operational plant.

But first they needed an environmental impact assessment and a planning application – so they called on our expertise. A unique requirement was a seismic hazard assessment – essential to investigate the likelihood of creating micro-seismic events due to the injection and circulation of water at depth. We also carried out environmental studies including environmental benefits, hydrology, landscape and visual impact assessment, archaeology, ecology and noise.

We completed the report on time, within six months of commissioning, and submitted a planning application.