Drilling work is beginning at what may become the first deep geothermal power plant in the UK. Two wells will be drilled 2.8 miles (4.5km) and 1.5 miles (2.5km) into granite in Cornwall where the temperature is up to 200C. Cold water will be pumped down to the hot rocks and then brought as heated water to the surface. Steam from the heated water will drive turbines producing electricity, perhaps enough for 3,000 homes. It is thought that the 2.8 mile deep hole, which will take seven months to finish, will be the deepest ever drilled in the UK. The heat-producing properties of the granite rocks under Cornwall mean the county is an obvious choice to exploit geothermal energy, say engineers behind the project. Energy firm Geothermal Engineering says the key issues will be whether the rocks are permeable enough to get the water through and enough heated water can be extract ed to drive the turbines. The Eden Project near St Austell and the Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance are also currently undertaking similar projects.
BBC 6th Nov 2018 read more »