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Dutch project starts supplying geothermal heat to greenhouse operators

Drilling rig on geothermal project in the Netherlands (source: screenshot, OmroepFlevoland)
Alexander Richter 3 Jan 2018

Ambitious geothermal heating project starts providing heat to about 15 greenhouse horticulture companies in the Netherlands.

Reported just before the year end, the geothermal project of Wayland Energy in Bergschenhoek has started with the supply of geothermal heating to the vegetable plant greenhouse of Hollandplant. The supply of geothermal energy takes place via AgroEnergy.

In recent months, we have worked hard to connect Hollandplant to the heating network of Wayland Energy, formerly known as Warmtebedrijf Bergschenhoek. The drilling started in August 2017. The drilling site was located next to the Hollandplant site. AgroEnergy removes all heat from the source and sells and supplies it to ultimately 15 greenhouse horticulture companies in Bergschenhoek and Bleiswijk.

Director Wim Willemse van Hollandplant is pleased that the heat supply could still take place in 2017 and the cultivation and his company could become more sustainable. “With the transition from fossil energy to sustainable geothermal energy, we are achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, and thanks to the geothermal energy, we can offer our customers CO2-neutral plants and thus a bit of sustainability.”

The geothermal wells of 2,500 and 2,800 meters deep are supplied by Huisman, specialist in hoisting, drilling and offshore equipment, and construction company Züblin.

The wells have been drilled with Huisman’s own LOC 400 derrick, a containerized modular tower equipped with a fully automated pipe manipulator and drill floor. The drilling process was carried out without personnel on the drill floor. The transporting, screwing in and unscrewing of pipes has been carried out entirely from the cab, which benefits the safety of the drilling process. In addition, the derrick takes up little space and can be transported as 27 ISO containers, which ensures a fast, safe and economical transfer to the next job, according to Huisman.

Source: HortiNext