A drilling rig is about to arrive at the Eden Project in Cornwall to bore almost three miles down into the granite crust in search of “hot rocks” that will be used to warm the attraction’s biomes and other buildings. The first of the lorries carrying a 450-tonne, 55-metre-high drilling rig will arrive on the outer edge of the site next week, and if all goes well the geothermal scheme will begin operating by Christmas or early next year. Eventually, a second borehole is to be created that it is hoped will generate heat for some local businesses in the St Austell area. The project is being delivered by Eden Geothermal Limited (EGL), a three-way partnership between Eden Project Limited, EGS Energy Limited, a geothermal development and consultancy group, and Bestec (UK) Limited, which is affiliated with Bestec GmbH, a specialist geothermal developer and drilling adviser. For the first well, EGL secured £17m funding from a combination of European regional development fund, Cornwall council and commercial funding.
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