Geothermal direct use project heating sports complex in Australia

Geothermal direct use project heating sports complex in Australia Cannington Leisureplex, Western Australia (source:
Alexander Richter 21 Oct 2015

A city in Western Australia has set up its third geothermal heating project, deriving hot water through a 1,000 meter deep well to heat a sports complex.

The geothermal direct use project in Canning, Western Australia, has officiallly inaugurated its geothermal heating supply to a leisure and sports facility last week.

The geothermal well drilled supplies hot water from a depth of 1,000 meters and helps the city to save 588 tonnes of carbon emissions and $170,000 in energy costs per year. “The carbon emission reductions and cost savings are an outstanding result for the community,” CEO Lyn Russell said.

“The well taps heated water that is then used to heat the aquatic centre’s water and air through a heat exchange unit.

The water from underground does not mix with the pool water and is returned underground with almost no loss of water to the underground water system.

The project took approximately 15 months to complete and resulted in minimal interruptions to the public.

The project was made possible through funding of A$700,000 from the WA Department of Sport and Recreation and A$947,000 from the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The City of Canning uses a variety of sustainable technologies to reduce its ecological footprint, with solar panels on the roof of the Riverton and Cannington Leisureplex, the Canning River Eco Education Centre the Administration building and the Home and Community Care building.

This is the second geothermal bore that the City has installed, the first has been operating at the Cannington Leisureplex complex for three years.”

Source: release by the City of Canning, Western Australia