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UK - Existing Offshore Facilities Could be Used for Geothermal Energy Projects

Shift Geothermal, a non-profit organization focused on geothermal energy, said Wednesday it was launching a bid to establish a new national center in the UK for geo-energy to realize the potential of a huge untapped UK energy source.

Shift Geothermal, a non-profit organization focused on geothermal energy, said Wednesday it was launching a bid to establish a new national center in the UK for geo-energy to realize the potential of a huge untapped UK energy source. This also offers an opportunity to use re-use existing offshore oil and gas facilities instead of scrapping them.

The organization believes the legacy of geological resources from the UK’s hydrocarbon production can be repurposed to produce geo-energy, delivering a low-cost, clean, stable, and plentiful primary energy source, but a lack of collaboration and coordination in the UK is undermining progress to unlock its potential value.

Shift Geothermal forecasts geo-energy, where energy is harnessed from the sub-surface, could deliver up to 25% of the UK’s energy mix by 2050, with government commitment and a strategic approach to sharing research to propel innovation and pilot projects.

The organization involves experts from Durham, Heriot-Watt, and Manchester Universities along with experienced energy sector specialists.

Dr. Alison Auld, a Director of Shift Geothermal and carbon reduction specialist said: "Geo-energy has huge potential in the UK, but this has been largely overlooked and we now risk being left behind in terms of both investment and projects despite that potential.

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