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Geothermal energy in sedimentary basins in the UK

Busby, Jon. 2014 Geothermal energy in sedimentary basins in the UK. Hydrogeology Journal, 22 (1). 129-141. 10.1007/s10040-013-1054-4

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Abstract/Summary

Deep onshore Mesozoic basins have favourable geothermal aquifers at depth comprising basal Permo-Triassic sandstones. The principal basins are the Wessex and Worcester (southern England), Cheshire (northwest England), Eastern England, Larne and Lough Neagh (Northern Ireland). Measured temperatures are up to 80 °C and could reach 100 °C in the deepest parts of some of the basins. Porosity and permeability data from depth are limited, but values high enough to allow adequate yields have been measured in many of the basins. Productive sandstones vary from a few tens of metres to hundreds of metres thick resulting in productive transmissivities. The estimated heat in place (Inferred Geothermal Resource) has been calculated as 201 × 1018 to 328 × 1018 J. New heat demand maps illustrate that many of the centres of high heat use are coincident with Upper Palaeozoic basins. Within the Carboniferous and Devonian there are thick sequences of deeply buried arenaceous deposits. Some productive local aquifers occur at shallow depth, but most depend on fissure flow that is anticipated to diminish rapidly with depth. The exception may be the Carboniferous Limestone where warm springs and a pronounced thermal anomaly in Eastern England demonstrate groundwater flow at depth, possibly along pathways of many kilometers.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10040-013-1054-4
ISSN: 1431-2174
Date made live: 31 Jan 2014 10:27 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/504718

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