Work starts on site at Eden’s pioneering geothermal heat and power plant

Work is about to begin on preparing the ground for Eden’s pioneering geothermal heat and power project at its Bodelva site. This is on land just inside the main Eden Project visitor gate and is a significant step in what Eden sees as a clean-energy revolution for Cornwall and the UK.

Drilling was due to start this summer but the project was held up due to the global pandemic.

Now neighbours have been informed that work will be starting from 21st September, with the first phase being the building of a hardstanding for the rig, connecting essential services, and putting in some temporary buildings and roadways within the site. This preparatory work is for the rig to be accommodated. When drilling starts, it is expected to take five months to reach the target zone 4.5 km down.

This week also sees the launch of the Eden Geothermal Community Fund, a £20,000 pot to support community environmental projects in four neighbouring parishes. Applications for projects will open in November.

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