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Decision on resuming Balmatt geothermal project in Belgium expected Sept. 2020

Well at geothermal site in Balmatt, Belgium (source: GeoSmart project website)
Alexander Richter 20 Jul 2020

Belgian VITO will continue work on the geothermal project at Balmatt to work with seismometers to help restart the project after the fall of 2020.

In September 2020, the Board of Directors of VITO, the largest Belgian research institution active in the fields of energy, environment and materials, decides whether the geothermal project on site at Balmatt will be resumed, so local news.

The project came to a halt following a series of mini earthquakes caused by reinjection of pumped water. Now the company wants to expand the network of seismometers to be set up with drilling five wells to a depth of 275 meters to take place on different locations in Dessel this autumn.

With that VITO hopes to restart the project and be “ready when the light is turned green.”

Source: GVA