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PannErgy subsidiary receives EUR 1.5m research grant for geothermal well optimization

Well work on site at Böny, Hungary (source: PannErgy)
Alexander Richter 29 Aug 2018

DoverDrill Deep Drilling Ltd, subsidiary of Hungarian PannErgy, has been awarded a non-repayable grant of HUF 500 million ($1.75 million/ EUR ) under the Economic Development Operational Programme (GINOP) for Hungary by the European Union for research on optimisation efforts for new and operating geothermal wells.

In a release today, Hungarian PannErgy Plc announced that based on the application of its subsidiary, DoverDrill Deep Drilling Ltd has been awarded a non-repayable grant of HUF 500 million ($1.75 million/ EUR ) that under the scheme of the Economic Development Operational Programme (GINOP) for Hungary by the European Union.

Based on this grant scheme, DoverDrill may have access to an additional loan of preferential interest rate amounting to HUF 250 million (EUR 770k). DoverDrill Deep Drilling Ltd submitted its application to the project titled “GINOP-2.1.2- 8.1.4-16 Support for corporate R&D&I activities with combined loan products” announced under the scheme of the Economic Development Operational Programme.

As a result of the awarded project of an overall budget of HUF 1,250 million (EUR 3.9m), such a niche and significantly innovative technological procedure will be created that is unique in Europe, and that can extend the lifetime of geothermal wells, thus improving the sustainability of geothermal systems.

An important operational task of geothermal wells is to track and monitor changes in the erosion and fluid composition. DoverDrill’s innovation facilitates that the fluid bases of geothermal wells are tested in a way that is different from previous methods, and therefore the impacts of physical, chemical, electrochemical, mixed and selective erosion caused by fluids to be obtained from geothermal wells can be significantly reduced and the changes can be anticipated.

Due to the R&D development, the installation of new, as well as the operation of existing geothermal wells will be optimized in an economically quantifiable manner. Once the project is closed, the company is planning to market the technological innovation domestically and internationally.

Source: PannErgy