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Work on a 15-year energy research project has got underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, located in the heart of the Clyde Gateway area.

The observatory is one of just two sites within an overall £31 million investment commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and operated by the British Geological Survey (BGS), the UK’s principal provider of impartial geological evidence since 1835. The work being carried out in Clyde Gateway will enable the UK science community to study the low temperature mine water geothermal environment just below the Earth’s surface.

The first borehole is being drilled at a site in Dalmarnock, on Clyde Gateway owned land. Over the coming weeks, the drilling team will create 12 boreholes of various depths at various locations to enable research into Glasgow’s geology, its underground water systems and the potential for heat from the water in the city’s disused coal mines.

One of the biggest aims of the project is to find out whether there is a long-term sustainable mine water resource that could provide a low-cost, low-carbon heat source for homes and businesses.

The beginning of the project was marked by a visit from Lord Henley, the undersecretary of state at the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Lord Henley said: “Clean growth and innovation go hand in hand, so as part of our modern Industrial Strategy we’re investing £31 million into projects like this which could transform derelict coal mines into valuable low carbon sources of energy.

“Reusing deep mineshafts could help to reinvigorate local economies, creating new high-skilled jobs and boosting supply chains in traditional mining communities.”

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, was also at the event. He said: “This very exciting geothermal research project is part of what is an ever-growing £23m investment programme in renewable energy for the Clyde Gateway area, ranging from research into renewables to the installation of a major district heating system fuelled by renewable energy. Over the next few years, Clyde Gateway will become the best location in Scotland for people and businesses who wish to take carbon out of their energy supplies.

“The East End has a history of great industry and to regenerate the area we need to look at the industries of the future. We hope the geothermal project will create a greater focus on renewables and help bring engineering companies and manufacturing jobs to the area.”

Professor Zoe Shipton, professor of geological engineering at the University of Strathclyde and chair of the UK Geoenergy Observatories science advisory group, said: “More and more of the solutions to decarbonising our energy supply will need to come from beneath our feet.

“Ensuring we take forward these solutions in a sustainable way means understanding more about how the system works.

“The UK Geoenergy Observatories will build up a high resolution picture of the underground system, providing a breakthrough in our understanding. This hasn’t been done anywhere else in the world. What we learn in Glasgow will lead the way in understanding how to balance our need for resources, with keeping people safe and protecting our environment.”

The BGS will make data from the Glasgow observatory available online from 2019. Data is already being collected and interpreted – the core samples taken from the ground during the drilling process will become a key data source for the project.

Published Date: 18th December 2018
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