Daldrup & Soehne nears launch of trial ops for German geothermal plants

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Aug 30 (Renewables Now) - German drilling and environmental services provider Daldrup & Soehne AG (ETR:4DS) said today that two geothermal power plants in Germany are nearing the start of trial operations, and also provided updates on other projects.

Daldrup & Soehne’s subsidiary Geox GmbH has finalised the renovation of the Landau geothermal power plant in the southwestern part of the country and is now getting ready to initiate trial operations at the site in coordination with the relevant regulatory authorities. The company noted that all of the plant’s individual components have already passed testing successfully.

Furthermore, Daldrup expects that manufacturer Kelvion will deliver the first heat exchanger for the Taufkirchen geothermal plant near Munich in September. After installing the equipment, the company would proceed with trial operations, with a plan to conclude the process by the end of the year, it said. A second heat exchanger will become operational in the spring of 2018, thus enabling the facility to move towards operating at full capacity.

"The purpose of the trial operations is to operate the whole plant and to synchronize the components. We are confident that we will be able to quickly complete these steps during the trial run so that we can subsequently start regular operations," said CEO Josef Daldrup.

The company also provided more information about several other projects both at home and internationally. Daldrup is currently drilling the third of five doublets for Vito NV in Belgium, where it says the political climate is shifting in favour of geothermal energy. Drillings number four and five are already commissioned on demand.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, Daldrup serves as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner of Nature's Heat BV for a local geothermal project. The company said that construction work on a heating centre and the local heating distribution network will be finalised shortly.

Back in Germany, Daldup and the Bavarian city of Puchheim are approaching the realisation stage of a 4.4-MW geothermal scheme, for which drilling is seen to start next year. The project has already secured a contract for district heating deliveries with Bayernwerk Natur.

As of end-August, Daldrup’s volume of orders has further increased from the EUR 65 million (USD 77.6m) at the end of May 2017.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.195)

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