As the holiday season in Cornwall hits its peak at the end of August, a fleet of 75 lorries will wind its way along the A30, the main trunk road west to Land’s End. The juggernauts will carry the components of a huge drilling rig from Finland – part of an ambitious £18m project to bring mining back to Poldark country. Not for tin, however, like the hero of the BBC’s Sunday night drama; this rig will test for geothermal energy at the Porthtowan Fault near Redruth. “This is about proving that in 10 or 20 years, a large portion of Cornwall’s power can come from the hot rocks under the ground,” said Peter Ledingham, managing director of GeoScience, which is helping to run the project. It is one of several initiatives intended to help Cornwall tackle a funda mental problem. The county’s tourist-friendly image belies a difficult reality for many of its residents. Cornwall is one of the poorest regions in northern Europe. The central belt, including former mining towns such as Camborne and Redruth, is about as removed as you could imagine from the west London-on-sea enclaves of north Cornwall.
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