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Building permit granted for geothermal plant in Kirchweidach, Germany

Drilling rig at Kirchweidach, Bavaria, Germany (source: Herrenknecht)
Alexander Richter 23 Mar 2020

A building permit has been granted for the construction of a geothermal power plant in Kirchweidach, Germany with other required permits though still outstanding.

Geothermal developer FG Geothermie has been granted a building permit for the planned geothermal power plant at Kirchweidach. Currently a geothermal heating plant is providing heating to large-scale greenhouse operations in the municipality.

The permit was granted in a meeting of the municipality council. Concrete construction plans etc are though still going through a permitting process on the state level.

Drilling for the project started in 2010 and in 2012 it was announced that a geothermal power plant was to be built by a German-French consortium. In the mean time, an approach of smaller-scale power generation was planned. There have been several challenges faced by the project, last but not least due to a different perspective of the local council and the private sector developer.

Currently, it is not clear what size of plant the developer is planning.

Source: PNP