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TRANSGEO

Project overview

Transforming abandoned wells for geothermal energy production

The fossil fuels industry is declining in central Europe and leaves behind countless gas and oil wells. The TRANSGEO project is turning this environmental problem into an opportunity: it investigates the potentials of such abandoned infrastructures for producing and storing green geothermal energy. The partnership develops a transnational strategy and regional action plans to give a second life to the wells and tests their repurposing potential in local pilot actions.

2,61m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

5

Countries

8

Regions

11

Partners

2

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

36%

About the project

Large amounts of oil and gas were produced in Central Europe from thousands of deep wells, but after decades of production many of the hydrocarbon wells are abandoned or must soon be abandoned. The declining hydrocarbon industry leaves behind an enormous infrastructure and thousands of highly skilled workers, especially in rural areas facing multiple economic and social challenges. Instead of abandoning unused wells, they can be used for geothermal energy production and heat storage to support local communities and industries in the energy transition. However, this potential is largely underutilised due to economic uncertainties and non-technical barriers. The overall objective of TRANSGEO is to enable a structural change from a fossil-fuel producing hydrocarbon industry towards sustainable green energy provision from geothermal energy sources within Central Europe with focus on rural areas. Our approach of applying established geothermal technologies and workflows to the conditions of existing hydrocarbon infrastructure and matching it with local energy demand and heating networks is highly innovative. The main outputs include a transnational well repurpose potential assessment, site-specific feasibility studies, validated well repurpose methodologies, a web-based tool for assessment of well repurpose potential, and a transnational strategy and action plan.

Project partnership

Project partners

Deutschland (DE)

Lead partner

Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences

Department Geosystems, Section Geoenergy
Address
Telegrafenberg -
14473 Potsdam
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.gfz-potsdam.de

Project partner

Geological Survey
Address
Inselstraße 26
03046 Cottbus
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
https://lbgr.brandenburg.de/lbgr/de/
Total partner budget
304,401 €
Address
Bahnhofstraße 8
30159 Hannover
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
https://oneo.eu/
Total partner budget
49,497 €
Department of Hydrogeology & Geothermal Energy
Address
Neulinggasse 38
1030 Wien
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.geosphere.at/
Total partner budget
304,996 €
Address
Kellerberggasse 9/C29
1230 Vienna
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
https://www.greenwell.energy/
Total partner budget
109,194 €
Address
Rákóczi u. 13/B. 1/8.
7621 Pécs
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.crost.hu
Total partner budget
276,458 €
N/A
Address
Vasvári P u 4
7622 Pécs
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
https://international.pte.hu/
Total partner budget
240,786 €
Address
Tartsay Vilmos utca 3
1126 Budapest
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
http://www.bvh.hu
Total partner budget
49,980 €
Međimurska energetska agencija, društvo s ograničenom odgovornošću za promicanje i unapređenje poslova vezanih uz obnovljive izvore energije i energetsku učinkovitost u Međimurskoj županiji
Address
Bana Josipa Jelačića 22
40000 Čakovec
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
www.menea.hr
Total partner budget
227,027 €
Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering and Energy
Address
Pierottijeva 6
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
https://www.rgn.unizg.hr/en/
Total partner budget
203,464 €
Address
Martjanci 36
9221 Martjanci
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
www.lea-pomurje.si
Total partner budget
254,797 €

Roadmap

1

Our challenge

The fossil fuels industry is declining in central Europe and leaves behind countless gas and oil wells. We are facing a lack of green energy and CO2 emissions that need to be reduced.

2

Specific problem

Municipalities, industry and agriculture need heat and electricity.

3

Innovative idea

Use abandoned oil and gas wells for geothermal heat and electricity.

4

Solution

TRANSGEO will provide technologies and information so that users across Central Europe can match wells to needs (for heath and electricity). This saves millions of Euros to drill new wells and provides sub-surface data to know the heat potential across large areas of Central Europe.

5

How does it work?

1. We will undertake analyses to understand and align the legal, social, and economic situations in 5 Central European countries. 2. We will create databases and technical and financial workflow which will allow us to build and apply an online well assessment tool to meet heat and electricity demand in target locations (primarily rural communities). 3. From the analyses and online tool, we will create and deliver a Transnational Strategy and Action Plan to guide municipalities, industrial entities, and farms in identifying nearby wells which will serve their heat and electricity demands.

6

What will we achieve?

We plan to sign three Letters of Intent with partners to build 3 geothermal power plants after the project, using our online tool and other project outputs.

7

Impact

We convert the burden of old oil and gas wells into a benefit by reusing them to provide geothermal energy solutions!

News

TRANSGEO project in Medjimurje county, Croatia

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NEWS

21.05.2024

TRANSGEO project in Medjimurje county, Croatia

One of the main activities is the development of the Transnational Strategy for a sustainable development of the Central European regions for a better transition from fossil to geothermal energy use.

Usage of a shut-in well in Municipality Murska Sobota, Rakičan

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NEWS

20.05.2024

Usage of a shut-in well in Municipality Murska Sobota, Rakičan

Regarding new situation and limitations for using thermal waters in Slovenia a new license for geothermal exploitation can be granted in case injection is in place.

Project TRANSGEO at the annual EGU General Assembly 2024 – largest geoscience event

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NEWS

16.04.2024

Project TRANSGEO at the annual EGU General Assembly 2024 – largest geoscience event

Our lead partner Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany, with project coordinator Dr. Hannes Hofmann will actively participate on event.

Welcome to TRANSGEO!  Would you like to know more about our project to accelerate reuse of existing oil and gas wells for geothermal energy production?

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NEWS

22.03.2024

Welcome to TRANSGEO! Would you like to know more about our project to accelerate reuse of existing oil and gas wells for geothermal energy production?

Lausitz – ATES pilot region in the North German Basin

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NEWS

12.02.2024

Lausitz – ATES pilot region in the North German Basin

Geothermal technologies can become an important cornerstone of the upcoming heat transition.

Groß Schönebeck – EGS pilot site in the North German Basin

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NEWS

31.01.2024

Groß Schönebeck – EGS pilot site in the North German Basin

Groß Schönebeck is the first EGS (Enhanced Geothermal System) pilot site in the North German Basin

Roundtable on the Heat Transition & Geothermal Energy

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NEWS

26.01.2024

Roundtable on the Heat Transition & Geothermal Energy

Implementing geothermal projects is a significant step towards achieving energy independence and reducing reliance on traditional sources.

Geothermal energy potential of Medjimurje County

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NEWS

21.12.2023

Geothermal energy potential of Medjimurje County

The Mihovljan oil field has been in production since 1988 and is owned by INA Corp. For the purposes of the exploitation of oil, 11 wells with a depth from 1.600 to 3.000 meters have been drilled.

Kick-off meeting

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NEWS

25.09.2023

Kick-off meeting

The Kick-off Meeting of TRANSGEO project took place in the beginning of May 2023 in Potsdam.

Events

Project partner meeting in Croatia and pilot site visit Mihovljan

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EVENT

Croatia

In Person

23 - 24.04.2024

Project partner meeting in Croatia and pilot site visit Mihovljan

3rd meeting on project progress and site visit to the pilot site Mihovljan

The German Geothermal Congress 2023

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EVENT

Germany

In Person

17 - 19.10.2023

The German Geothermal Congress 2023

The EU co-funded project TRANSGEO will be presented at the Germany's largest geothermal energy congress in Essen, Germany on Wednesday, 18th October at 4:10pm. Project aims to investigate how abandoned wells and infrastructure from declining oil and gas production can be used for geothermal applications. You are welcome!

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Welcome to TRANSGEO!

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Hannes Hofmann
Phone: +49 331 6264 28739

Finance Manager

Julie Friddell
Phone: +49 331 6264 3058

Communication Manager

Jasmina Perkič
Phone: +386 (0)2 538 13 57