SLR instructed to handle next phase of Manchester Geothermal Project

SLR  has been appointed by GT Energy (GTE) to submit a planning application for the next phase of its proposed deep geothermal heat plant and district heating network in Manchester.

The instruction follows SLR’s recent success in helping GTE to secure planning permission for the heat plant element of the scheme – a project which involves the drilling of two 3,200 metre deep boreholes and the construction of an underground heat plant, capable of providing heat to around 6,000 homes and businesses.

Commenting on the recent instruction, Alan Mitchell, Principal Planner with SLR, said: “We are delighted to continue our long running relationship with GTE and extend our involvement with them Manchester. This geothermal project is an innovative green energy development that has the scope to be replicated across the UK in similar urban environments and areas with similar geology.”

SLR’s brief includes the completion of a number of environmental studies and the submission of a planning application for a district heating network. This will connect the proposed heat plant site in the Ardwick area of Manchester to the Oxford Road corridor and the city centre.

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