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Two geothermal exploration permits being extended in the Alsace, France

Well at Rittershoffen geothermal site in Alsace, France (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 25 Jan 2018

Electricité de Strasbourg has received an extension on two geothermal exploration permits in the Alsace region of France.

By two official decrees published in the Official Journal of 21 January 2018 in France, Electricité de Strasbourg, the utility of the city of Strasbourg in France, has received an extension to two exclusive research permits for high-temperature geothermal deposits located in the Lower Rhine.

The first is the Lauterbourg license which has been extended until 3 December 2019 on an unchanged acreage, taking into account a financial commitment of EUR 16.4 million of the holder. The order authorizes its transfer to Electricité de Strasbourg, the utility of the city of Strasbourg in France,. The initial permit was granted in November 2011 to the latter as well as to Géoopétrol on an area of 212 km2 .

The second is the Wissembourg permit, which has been extended until 3 December 2021 on an area reduced to 116 km2 , taking into account a financial commitment of EUR 16.4 million from the holder. The initial permit was granted to Electricité de Strasbourg in November 2011 over an area of 150 km 2 .

These research permits are renewed under the mining code. According to the latter, permits are normally granted for a period of five years and their area reduced at each extension.

Source: Actu Environnement