Drilling starts at Maasdijk geothermal heating project, Netherlands

Drilling starts at Maasdijk geothermal heating project, Netherlands Inauguration ceremony of drilling operations at Maasdijk, Netherlands (source: YouTube screenshot, WOS)
Carlo Cariaga 30 May 2022

Drilling has officially started for first of six planned wells for the Maasdijk geothermal heating project at Netherlands.

After news of the delivery of the drilling rig last month, drilling has officially started for the geothermal heating project at Maasdijk, Netherlands. A total of six wells are planned to be drilled and the program is expected to last more than six months. The 50-MW geothermal heating project can supply heat to about 70 greenhouse horticulture companies by the end of 2023 or early 2024.

Geothermal heat Maasdijk (Aardwarmte Maasdijk) is a collaboration between the Maasdijk heat cooperative and HVC with the aim of stimulating and realizing sustainable heat for and with greenhouse horticulture companies in the Westland. For the past two years, residents living near the geothermal heat location have been involved in the development of a possible geothermal heat project. As the realization of the 6 geothermal wells gets closer, consultation with local residents will be intensified further.

Local residents and members of the heat cooperative were also present during the inauguration of the drill head in the project site to mark the start of drilling. HVC Business Manager Tarek Hopman “baptized” the drill head with a bottle of champagne as guest stood from a distance, making a toast to the milestone. After about six months of drilling, construction of the heating plant and distribution network will commence.

Source: WOS