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Drilling started at geothermal heating project in Paris- Vallée de la Marne, France

Chateau at Champs-sur-Marne, France (source: flickr/ Patrick Nouhailler, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 11 Dec 2019

Drilling started last week on the geothermal heating project in Champs-sur-Marne, in the greater Paris area.

As reported locally, drilling started in Champs-sur-marne in the greater Paris area and already reached a depth of 400 meters.

“Here, to find naturally warm water, it is necessary to descend 1,900 meters lower,” explains Pierre Hourcade, General Manager of Engie Réseaux in charge of the project.

Once the site is finished, within two years, the plant will send hot water drawn underground in its 19 kilometers of pipes that lead under the feet of the inhabitants. This will then be reinjected into the reservoir.

With a temperature of 71 degrees Celsius, this water will heat the equivalent of 10,000 homes in Champs-sur-Marne and Noisiel.

What attracted Paul Miguel, president (PS) of the agglomeration community Paris – Vallée de la Marne, “it is above all the low environmental impact of this method”.

The plant will produce 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions less than the current system, equivalent to the emissions of 17,000 vehicles per year. With this device, Paris – Marne Valley “shows the exemplary and wants to make geothermal a key focus of environmental policy,” he says.

At a cost of EUR 40 million, the project combines the inhabitants of the urban area and more broadly Parisians through a system crowdfunding . They can invest their savings in this facility on the Lumo platform .

Since November 4, fourteen people have contributed EUR 116,000, more than 23% of the primary crowdfunding goal of EUR 500,000.

Source: Le Parisien