City of Rostock in the Northeast of Germany plans geothermal project

Date: 28/08/2018

The utility of the city of Rostock, in the Northeast of Germany is considering the developing of a geothermal plant. The company plans to apply for a corresponding license at the Mining Office in Stralsund. This has been confirmed and reported by a local news platform before the weekend.

The utility is certain it will receive a license, as a license already existed in the area in the past. The former license holder though withdrew it some time ago.

After receiving the concession, the utility wants to conduct exploratory drilling that will help determine the economics of using geothermal energy in the urban area. Above all, the plant will serve to generate heat, which the municipal utility wants to feed into its district heating network.

“Therefore, the location of the plant should not be too far away from the heat pipes,” said the spokesman. Further details are not yet known. However, the spokesman emphasized that in coastal areas such as Rostock, there are completely different conditions for the use of geothermal energy than in other regions.

The considerations regarding the use of geothermal deposits are related to the plan to make Rostock district heating greener. “We do not want to leave any option unchecked,” the spokesman said. This includes the erection of a 60-meter-high heat accumulator at the “Marienehe” gas and steam turbine plant. “Here the plans are already more concrete.” The Supervisory Board approved such investments in June and preparatory work could begin in the fall. In addition, a large power-to-heat plant is to be added to convert wind power into heat.