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Scottish geothermal heating project wins funding

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Scotland’s first deep geothermal district heating project is set to proceed after winning a government grant of £1.8m ($2.4m).

The project is planned to generate heat for the redevelopment of a former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock. The community-led Halo Kilmarnock regeneration project aims to deliver a mixed-use development which will include an Innovation and Enterprise Centre, key worker and social housing, live/work units, an urban park and a leisure facility.

The geothermal district heating network will supply heat for the entire development including the key worker and social housing, and will provide heat at below market price as a measure designed to address fuel poverty.

The 2 km-deep geothermal well is scheduled to be drilled and installed in the first half of 2018. The well is being developed by Geon Energy Ltd, a joint venture between Geothermal Engineering Ltd and engineering consultancy Arup.

Funding for the development has been received from the Scottish and UK governments, East Ayrshire Council, Diageo and private sector investors. 

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