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Sufficient heat & flow reported from Garching a.d. Alz geothermal project in Germany

Drilling rig on site at Garchiing a.d. Alz/ Germany (source: Silenos Energy)
Alexander Richter 26 Sep 2018

Geothermal developer Silenos Energy reports sufficient heat and flow following flow tests of its first well drilled for the geothermal power project in Garching a.d. Alz in Bavaria, Germany. Drilling for a second well will then start in October 2018.

In an announcement sent today, German geothermal developer Silenos Energy reports it has completed the first deep geothermal well in Garching a.d. Alz.

The company reports having encountered hot thermal water in the Malm of the Bavarian south-east Molasse at a depth of 3,832 meters. After a two-week test phase, Silenos Energy is now able to present the first results of this drilling.

“The production test showed that we were right with our forecasts. We came across about 125 degrees Celsius hot thermal water. As far as the output from the drilling is concerned, we were able to reach our target at 105 liters per second, “says Oliver Friedlaender, Managing Director of Silenos Energy.

After the test, during which the temperature, pressure and flow were recorded continuously, the drilling site is now preparing for the second well. For this purpose, the rig will be moved by about 12 meters to the starting point for the second well after a routine technical inspection. The start of the second drilling is scheduled for October. Silenos Energy expects to complete drilling in early January 2019.

As soon as the second well has been completed and tested, it is decided which probe will be used to extract the warm thermal water and which will return the cooled water to the Malm once the heat energy has been released. Subsequently, Silenos Energy plans the construction of a plant for power generation in Garching a.d. Alz. The company is also considering the utilisation of the wells for heating, which it is now being intensively tested.

Silenos Energy is a joint venture of RAG Austria AG, Austria’s most traditional oil & gas exploration and production company, and STRABAG, the European technology company for construction services.

The project at Garching will be introduced by Oliver Friedlaender, Director of Silenos Energy, at the Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern on Oct. 17 in Munich.

Source: Company release

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