10 Apr 2024

Construction of Geothermal Heating Plant in Turek, Poland Set to Begin

10 Apr 2024  by thinkgeoenergy   

The Józef Mehoffer Museum in Turek, Poland (source: A.fiedler, CC BY-SA 3.0 PL, via Wikimedia Commons)
The Municipal and Housing Management Company (PGKiM) of the town of Turek in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland has handed over the construction site for a planned geothermal heating plant to construction company In?ynieria Rzeszów SA. Work on the heating plant is expected to start by next week, with target completion by the end of 2025.

Drilling of the Turek GT-1 production well had already been completed in 2019. Drilled to a depth of 2169 meters, PGKiM President Micha? Wypiór says that the geothermal waters discovered were at a temperature of 78 °C. The energy from the well will be enough to supply about 40% of the heat demand in the city, subsequently reducing heating costs for the residents. The city also plans to use geothermal heat for recreational and medicinal purposes.

The remaining work for the project, including the construction of the heating plant and the drilling of the GT-2 reinjection well, will have an estimated cost of over PLN 73.6 million (approx. USD 18.6 million). Funding for the project has been received from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOSiGW). The drilling of the production well had also been co-financed under the same program.

Upon completion, Turek will have the third geothermal heating plant in the eastern Greater Poland Voivodeship. The geothermal heating plant in Kolo started commercial operations earlier this year, while the heating plant in Konin is expected to start operations before the end of 2024.

“If we are to go through the energy transformation process, it cannot be denied that the state is the entity that must give local governments a hand, because the investments that need to be made are often beyond the entities’ capabilities,” said Minister of Climate and Environment Paulina Hennig-Kloska.

“The development of geothermal heating plants is an area that in some places will be a perfect complement to the entire energy transformation process. This is a branch that we will develop in Poland.”

State funding has spurred a flurry of activity in the geothermal sector of Poland in the last several months. Since the start of 2024, there have been major developments in the geothermal projects of Otwock, Zyrardow, Gniezno, Kalisz, and Gluszyca.


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