Geothermal well sites at Pickering

Green energy scheme: online information event

Residents in Ryedale are being invited to find out more about a pioneering green energy project at an online information event in July. 

It follows the launch of Government-funded feasibility studies to see if natural heat can be drawn from deep gas extraction wells (including one originally drilled for fracking), and provided to homes and businesses in Ryedale.

Residents are being encouraged to book their place at the public event which will be online between 18:30 and 20:00 on Thursday 28 July. They will have the chance to find out more and ask questions about the scheme, which would be the first of its kind in the UK to repurpose these types of wells.

Third Energy, which owns 12 wells in Ryedale, has commissioned investigations to establish if they can be repurposed for geothermal energy. Ryedale District Council secured a £50,000 government grant to help fund the work.  This sum has been match funded by the company, which has new owners and is no longer interested in using the wells for fracking or gas extraction.

If the project is shown to be viable, the wells could heat private homes, as well as leisure, commercial or agricultural buildings – bringing significant benefits for communities and the local economy.

To register your place, send an email to: info@arch-comms.co.uk.

Cllr Mike Potter, Member Champion for Climate Change at Ryedale District Council, said: “We are keen to hear what local residents think about the idea. This is

a valuable opportunity for people to ask questions and find out more.”

This meeting is part of a series of in-person and online events, including displays at Pickering Market, Pickering Library and the Malton Show.  More information about the project and the survey can be found at https://ryedale.commonplace.is/.