Beginning of the first works for a geothermal project in Ernestinovo, Croatia
The first exploration work begins on a planned geothermal project in Ernestinovo, in eastern Croatia.
Research has started to explore the geothermal potential in the municipality of Ernestinovo in eastern Croatia. The developer Ensolx doo from Zagreb in Croatia was granted an exploration permit by the Croatian Hydrocarbons Agency and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development in October 2020.
The exploration at this stage only stipulates the realization of an MT survey collecting magnetotelluric data, a passive method without a signal source in which there is no impact on the operator, the environment, the population. or nature.
Magnetotelluric imaging involves measuring the natural fluctuation of the Earth’s magnetic field, and these fluctuations are induced by currents in the Earth which are then measured at the surface.
The exploration area of the Ernestinovo geothermal water reserve is located in the area of the municipalities of Ernestinovo, Antunovac, Sodolovci, Vladislavci and Cepin in the county of Osijek-Baranja, with an area of 76.66 kilometers squares.
The investor will ultimately perform the interpretation of the above measurements and the analysis of the fluid samples, and if he determines a commercial discovery, he is obligated to prepare and submit a study of geothermal water reserves for verification. . If the investor is then issued with a geothermal license, he is obliged to pay a royalty for the quantities of geothermal water obtained up to 3.6 percent of the market value of the quantities of geothermal water obtained.
The exploitation of geothermal potentials, that is to say the preparation of a study for the entire Osijek-Baranja county, was initiated by the prefect Ivan Anusic, who explained the advantages of the exploitation reserves of these waters.
“The potentials are great and will affect the future of green energy and the development of agriculture and tourism. We will have a full study very soon. Then we will know exactly what the potentials of each individual geothermal source are. We will know what we can do with it and we can do a lot. in it belongs to medical tourism, the use of thermal energy in heating greenhouses, producing electricity and heating homes and other establishments., which would lead to new jobs and new economic activities ”, Anusic said.
Source: Glas Slovenije