The Hague with first geothermal district heating system in the Netherlands

View over The Hague, Netherlands (source: flickr/ Herman Beun, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 15 Aug 2012

The municipality of The Hague saw the start of the first geothermal district heating system in the Netherlands in June 2012 and is operated by energy company E.ON.

Already in June 2012, the Dutch city of The Hague has become the first city in the Netherlands to use deep geothermal heat to provide heating for residential heating purposes.

It is now serving ca. 300 houses, pumping water from a depth of 2,200 meters below the surface with a temperature of 75 degrees Celsius. It is then being distributed through a district heating network. The project was developed by a partnership of six parties: the municipality of The Hague, energy companies E.ON and Eneco and three housing cooperations. E.ON has been appointed as the operator of the project.

The municipality of The Hague expects to provide a total of 4,000 houses and 20,000 square meters of commercial property with geothermal heating in the future. So far geothermal heat has been been popular mostly with the operators of greenhouses in the Netherlands.

This piece of news was initial provided in a newsletter by law firm Birds & Birds with a note on legal issues surrounding geothermal development in the Netherlands.

Source: Birds & Birds (Newsletter)