When in Gandhinagar do like the Romans

Vol 18, PW 13 (26 Feb 15) News in Brief

If the ancient Romans could use geothermal energy or the heat in the earth’s crust for their baths then maybe modern India could also benefit from this sustainable energy source.

That's the firm belief at Reliance and GSPC-promoted Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) which wants to discover and exploit geothermal reservoirs in a project backed by the Gujarat government. Under consideration is a single ‘parametric’ well to obtain geological data and one exploration well at any of five identified locations: Dholera, Gandhar, Unai, Chabsar and Tuwa.

As a first step before drilling the university's Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy (CEGE) wants to conduct an EIA study to secure environment ministry clearance. They will also try to establish the presence of geothermal reservoirs.

PDPU was originally planning to open technical bids for the EIA study on February 23 and price bids on February 27 but the schedule has been pushed back with new dates planned.