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GT Energy and E.On plan 10 MW thermal plant below Manchester

University of Manchester, Oxford Road (source: flickr/ dullhunk, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 25 Jul 2012

GT Energy and E.On plan 10 MW thermal geothermal heating plant in Manchester, deriving heat from a depth of 3,000 meters to be distributed as part of a district heating system to be built.

Irish firm GT Energy and UK utility E.On are planning the largest geothermal heating plant in the UK in Manchester, the first of initially planned four additional plants.

According to local news the companies plan to drill down to 3,000 meters in the Ardwick district of Manchester and build a district heating system that is to supply homes, businesses, and other buildings in the area, among them facilities of the University of Manchester.

There is a community engagement process planned and a planning application will have to be sent to the City Council. When the permission is granted it will take about two years until the plan will start distributing heat.

GT Energy has announced plans to develop 500 MW of geothermal capacity across the UK, in addition to other projects of the company in the UK and Ireland.

Source: Business Green