Geothermal to help clean air in the city of Kolo in Poland
With a geothermal project under way and one well drilled, the city of Kolo in Poland is looking forward replacing coal fired heating with geothermal energy.
Improving air quality by reducing emissions from coal-fired heating is a big target for Poland and geothermal energy is a great way of supporting these efforts. Now a geothermal heating plant is under construction in the city of Kolo and will connect to the existing district heating system of company MZEC Sp. z o.o..
According to the mayor of the city, Krzysztof Witkowski and the president of the company Przemyslaw Stasiak – this marks a great step for the city departing from hard coal towards renewable energy sources. This investment, the second so large in the city, will significantly affect its development.
The first Kolo GT -1 well was drilled on a municipal plot in Chojny. Ahead is the drilling of a second well and the construction of a heating plant – already on the premises of MZEC Sp. z o. o. The new heating plant will have a geothermal doublet, ie a production well and an absorbent well. The water will circulate in a closed circuit. We will obtain heat for the city from a depth of about 3 km, the temperature in the GT-1 well is about 85 degrees Celsius, and its efficiency is about 260 m3 / h. The cost of the first well was over PLN 23 million, of which PLN 22 million 150 thousand. zloty. was a subsidy from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
MZEC has signed an Agreement with the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Warsaw for co-financing the remaining part of the investment (i.e. construction of a heat plant with a second borehole and construction of a geothermal pipeline). The co-financing amount is PLN 15,095,620.86 net, while the value of the entire investment is PLN 37,274,065.26 gross (around USD 9.5 million), the missing amount will be supplemented with a loan from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Warsaw and the Company’s own funds.
The construction of the Kolska geothermal energy is a civilization leap for our city and its inhabitants. It is a resignation from coal, and thus a reduction of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, and thus savings related to the current compulsion to purchase carbon dioxide emission allowances by the company. This will lead to stabilization of heating prices for consumers. Importantly, in contrast to the ideas that appeared in the previous term, geothermal energy will be 100% owned by the city, i.e. residents. In addition, I already plan to use thermal waters for recreational purposes. – so the mayor of the city, Krzysztof Witkowski.