French group wins geothermal project for cooling in Martinique
French consortium of Engie, TLS Geothermics and Storengy wins a project to develop a geothermal project aimed for cooling in the Caribbean territory of Martinique.
Already announced early last month, French companies Storengy, TLS Géothermics and ENGIE Solutions have won the call for expressions of interest launched by the partners of the Territorial Energy Management Program for the development of geothermal energy in Martinique, a Caribbean territory of France.
This regional development project, launched at the end of 2020 by ADEME and the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique, will make it possible to create a new cold distribution network by developing natural resources and greening the island’s energy mix.
A first in overseas France
For the first time in France, a geothermal project will supply a cooling distribution network and will be used for various purposes, such as air conditioning for the Fort de France urban area.
Storengy and TLS Geothermics have filed a research permit to explore the subsoil and the potential of geothermal energy. Storengy’s teams will be responsible for working on and managing the underground part of the project, i.e. underground studies and exploration in conjunction with TLS Geothermics, as well as permitting and associated drilling. Engie Solutions is bringing its expertise in heating and cooling networks to the project.
The geothermal doublet will allow geothermal water to be drawn off and reinjected to ensure the sustainability of the resource and limit the impact on the environment. The heat energy extracted will be used to power an absorption refrigeration unit for cold production, or to meet heating needs.