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Geothermal Exploration in Ireland

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/9/2010, Location: Europe

Leading environmental firm SLR Consulting has been contracted to carry out analysis of the deep geothermal resources of the Republic of Ireland.

Supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), the project is designed to advance the exploitation of geothermal energy to generate low carbon electricity.

SLR will carry out a Play Fairway Analysis which will assess the exploration risk by analysing the various attributes of the subsurface of Ireland to a depth of 5000 metres.

Activity in Europe, where geothermal energy is already being used to generate between 1500 and 2000 MW of electricity a year, suggest that the resource could generate substantial amounts of electricity in Ireland.

SEAI,Head of Low Carbon Technologies, Katrina Polaski, said: "The results from SLR Consulting's Play Fairway Analysis will encourage more exploration companies to get involved, increasing investment in exploration and the likelihood of success in the development of geothermally generated electricity in Ireland."

SLR Associate Roisin Goodman, said: "SLR has in-depth local understanding of Irelands' deep geology based on mineral exploration and geothermal research and provides strategic all-island energy studies for governments in Northern and Southern Ireland."

The contract has been funded by SEAI under its Renewable Energy Research, Development & Demonstration Programme, the National Development Plan (of Ireland) and the European Union.

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