Ross DK has won a contract to provide drilling management to WarmteStad Groningen.

The project is part of the development of Groningen transforming the city to accommodate district heating and adopting geothermal energy as one of the city’s core sources of heating energy. The project has started and will stretch into 2018 with commissioning of the well system + heating grid.

WarmteStad Groningen is developing a geothermal doublet to supply the city of Groningen with district heating based on green energy. The district heating system in Groningen is being developed concurrently with the geothermal system.

The geothermal doublet will produce from a reservoir at 3400m depth, with 120oC temperature brine and at 200m3/h.

Lars Andersen, Ross DK A/S says “WarmteStad Groningen is making a change – going from a natural gas based heating system to a district heating based system based on green geothermal energy as source. Together with WarmteStad and our project partner IF Technology BV we will develop a sustainable supply of green energy for decades to come”.

He continued “For a brief period we will inconvenience the Zernike community with large machinery and trucks coming and going, however, we will do what we can to reduce local nuisances, while drilling for this green energy source”.

“The geothermal project will be developed and constructed in conjunction with the district heating grid” says Dick Janssen, Managing director of WarmteStad Groningen. He further added “We have a clear vision for the city of Groningen for going CO2-neutral and provide our citizens with the sustainable energy sources. As a vibrant city with university and a large student body, we have an obligation to set a path for others to follow. We envision geothermal energy to provide us with energy for years to come”.

Paul Corzaan, project manager for Gemeente Groningen commented “We have a green vision for Groningen and we have worked to establish a geothermal project as one of the results of this vision – shortly we’ll start to see green changes coming to Groningen”.