Manchester is located on the edge of a geological formation, the Cheshire basin, which has been shown from our geological survey to be one of the optimum sites for extracting geothermal energy in the UK.
In 2008 we undertook a comprehensive study of the Cheshire Basin, which highlighted the presence of a significant geothermal resource beneath Manchester.
A further assessment in 2012 carried out by SKM Consultants, a consultancy firm with 3,000MW of geothermal experience around the world, identified that the geothermal resource in the Cheshire Basin has the capacity to provide enough heat and hot water for approximately 7 million local homes.
We have submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for the development of a geothermal heat plant to harness this renewable energy. This plant will facilitate the harnessing of this renewable resource thus providing long term energy security and price stability to residents and businesses in the area.[quote style=”1″]Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “I was delighted to hear about the launch of this exciting geothermal heat project in Manchester. This is exactly the sort of innovative green project we want to see sprouting up across the country. This builds on the Coalition’s ambitious heat strategy published in March, and I wish the project every success.”[/quote]