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Eneco and Shell join forces to jointly develop geothermal heat in the Netherlands

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Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 9 May 2019

Eneco and Shell join forces to develop geothermal heat in the Netherlands. The companies have submitted an application for an exploration permit to search for geothermal heat in the Rotterdam region.

Announced earlier this week, Eneco and Shell have announced that they want to develop geothermal heat together in the Netherlands.

Eneco and Shell have submitted an application for an exploration permit to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) to search for geothermal heat in the Rotterdam region (Rotterdam, Capelle aan den IJssel, Lansingerland, Krimpen aan den IJssel and Zuidplas). In this region, the subsurface has a favorable composition for the extraction of geothermal heat and that geothermal heat can be connected to existing and new heat networks.

Both parties have bundled their knowledge and expertise in order to make a positive contribution to the role of geothermal energy in the Dutch energy transition in cooperation with customers, companies, local residents, the (local) government and other stakeholders.

Geothermal heat, also known as geothermal energy, is existing heat that is used from layers of the earth at depths between 500 meters and 4,000 meters. Both the national government, the province of South Holland, and local governments see sustainable energy as an important place in the energy transition. The province of South Holland is ideally suited for this.

It can take up to a year for the Ministry of Economic Affairs to decide on the exploration permit. If this is granted to Eneco and Shell, they map the geothermal heat potential in the region concerned to simultaneously investigate the heat demand above ground.

Source: Company release Eneco