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Indian state of Gujaran sees further efforts to tap geothermal energy

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat, India
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 31 Mar 2019

The geothermal centre at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gujarat, India is planning exploration work on three sites in the state that could see geothermal power production.

Following an initial pilot project producing power from geothermal resources, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University is planning to expand its efforts to utilise geothermal energy for commercially viable production of electricity.

The plan is to get oil companies to carry out well drilling and exploration in various locations in Gujarat.

An Environment Impact Assessment Study is currently being prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

The Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy (CEGE), part of PDPU and funded by the government of Gujarat, is coordinating those efforts. It is now planned to drill wells to a depth of 1,500 meters.

This upscale of the pilot plant effort, aims at extensive exploration activities with 17 areas defined by CEGE as most promising. For the moment, three sites will be the focus for exploration, Dholera, Gandhar and Unai.

With an ORC system by French firm ENOGIA, it is now planned to generate power.

In a further step it is planned to utilise abandoned oil and gas wells with higher temperatures to generate larger-scale geothermal power production.

Source: Times of India