The council in the city of Ourense aims to collaborate with the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), a government agency, to develop pilot geothermal heating projects in the city.
The first project is now in the planning phase after Ourense’s mayor, Jesús Vázquez, and Álvaro Nadal, Spain’s minister for energy, tourism and the digital agenda, signed the partnership agreement.
The project will be located in the city’s fifth district and will serve a population of about 28,000 as well as a number of public buildings. Once completed, it would be the first geothermal district heating system in Spain.
Galicia is rich in geothermal resources and studies by Spain’s Geological Survey have shown temperatures of 50˚C-90˚C at depths of 500-1500 metres.
Ourense is a historical hot springs town, known to the Romans as Aquis Auriensis. It is now a member of the European Historical Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA).
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