Enel to exit geothermal project in Weilheim in Bavaria, Germany
Enel Green Power has announced wanting to exit the geothermal power project in Weilheim, Germany due to lower than expected flow rates after initial tests of the first well drilled.
Although the temperature of the thermal water from the 5,000-meter-deep well far exceeded expectations, instead of 140 degrees, 165 degrees Celsius were measured. But the flow rate was too low. In addition, there were repeated delays and shutdowns during the drilling which resulted in a drilling period of more than one year. A bigger problem then was natural gas, which was found and analyzed. In the end it had to be torched.