City utility of Munich to start drilling large-scale geothermal heating project this year

Panorama over Munich (source: flickr/ DAVID HOLT, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 3 May 2017

German drilling company Daldrup & Söhne wins large drilling contract for the geothermal heating project of Stadtwerke München, the utility of the city of Munich in Bavaria, Germany.

In a release by German drilling company Daldrup & Söhne AG, the company announces having received a major order for the drilling of four geothermal wells for Stadtwerke München (SWM), the local utility in the city of Munich, Germany.

This major order will see the drilling of two geothermal doublers (four deep drillings) for the production of geothermal energy. With a value in the double-digit million Euro range, the order is one of the largest in the history for Daldrup. The drillings will go into a depth of more than 4,000 meters with work to start later this year. The drillings are part of SWM’s vision for district heating, which calls for Munich to be Germany’s first major city whose district heating will be generated entirely through renewable energies by 2040. Geothermal energy from hot thermal water is key to the production of this heating: Munich is located on top of vast supplies of this environmentally friendly energy, which is contained in easily permeable layers of limestone that are part of the geological layers underneath the city.

“SWM has opted for one of Europe’s most experienced geothermics specialists,” says Josef Daldrup, CEO of Daldrup & Söhne AG. “We are excited to support SWM in implementing their 100 percent renewable energies strategy, and to establish geothermal energy as a climate-friendly local heat supplier on an industrial scale for Munich with its more than one million inhabitants.”

Source: Company release