New drilling contract awarded for geothermal project in Belgium

Drilling rig on site in the Netherlands (source: Daldrup & Söhne AG)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 18 Sep 2017

German drilling and geothermal company Daldrup & Söhne AG has been awarded a new drilling contract for a geothermal project by Vito in Belgium to target a depth at 5,000 meters.

In a release today drilling technology and geothermics specialist Daldrup & Söhne AG has announced that the company has been commissioned to drill the third of five possible geothermal doublets for Belgian company Vito N.V., Mol. Work is projected to start in October 2017 and should be concluded within four months. The client is planning to connect to an aquifer that has a temperature of around 120 Celsius and is located at a depth of up to 5,000 meters, with the geothermal energy to be used to produce heat and energy. The contract further increases the Daldrup Group’s volume or orders so that the company will be working to capacity well into 2019.

Daldrup had successfully sunk the first two geothermal drillings for Vito in 2015/2016. They were the first deep geothermal doublets ever drilled in Belgium. The thermal water has a temperature of 120 Celsius, which enables Vito to carry out its plan to use the thus generated thermal energy to heat a large office complex as well as other projects.

Daldrup & Söhne AG assumes that the political climate in Belgium is increasingly shifting in favour of geothermal energy. From Daldrup’s standpoint the use of geothermal energy could be seen as a high-potential building bloc of the country’s strategy to increasingly use renewable energies. While at the same time, reducing Belgiums dependency on conventional fossil and nuclear based types of production of heat and power.

Source: Company release