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Eversheds advises on UK deep geothermal project

International law firm Eversheds has advised Geothermal Engineering Ltd on securing the land for the development of the UK’s first commercial deep geothermal power plant, near Redruth in Cornwall.

The deep geothermal power plant, which has obtained planning consent, is to be built on a brownfield site within an existing industrial estate.

Work will begin in early 2011 to drill 4.5 km into the ground to access rocks at temperatures of approximately 200°C.

The deep geothermal power plant will provide up to 55 MW of renewable heat energy for the local community, and 10 MW of electricity.

Eversheds’s Stephen Hill says: “This is an extremely exciting project which will help develop the UK’s geothermal expertise, allowing the UK to compete internationally as the geothermal industry expands across the world. Eversheds has vast experience in advising on renewables projects and we are delighted to have helped Geothermal Engineering in securing the land and thus making this latest venture possible.”

Ryan Law, Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd and Chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Deep Geothermal Group, adds: "With the development of our plant we want to make deep geothermal energy a significant contributor to the UK’s energy portfolio. Not only can we contribute renewable, continuous power to the grid, we also want to change the way the UK meets its heat demands by offering energy-efficient, decentralised heat.

“The Department of Energy and Climate Change has already estimated that deep geothermal technology could supply between one and five GW of baseload, renewable electricity by 2030. We greatly appreciate the advice and assistance that Eversheds have brought to this project.”

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