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As announced last week, the first geothermal district heating project is now being planned to be built in the city of Ourensa, the third largest city in the province of Galicia in Spain.
The Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal, and the mayor of Ourense, Jesús Vázquez, signed a partnership framework agreement for the promotion of geothermal energy in the city.
The objective wit the agreement is to establish a stable framework for collaboration of the City Council and the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving
As a result of this collaboration, both institutions will identify pilot demonstration and research projects that could become pilot projects for further development in regions with similar conditions as the city of Ourense.
The City of Ourense wants to implement a Local Action Plan with measures and commitments on sustainability, local energy and climate change mitigation, supported by geothermal energy. The city has already prioritized a first pilot project, which would see the development of a geothermal district heating system
The proposed area for the pilot projects is in District 5 of the city with a population of around 28,000 that also has lots of public buildings that could benefit from geothermal heating.
The province of Galicia, and in particular the city of Ourense and its surroundings, have considerable geothermal resources. According to studies by the Geological
Source: News release