VITO has built a geothermal energy plant on the Balmatt site in Mol, with 3 wells. From 2021 onwards, the plant will be an integral part of a test programme to investigate induced seismicity, with a view to completely safe geothermal heat extraction in the future.

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Info evening on the Balmatt site for inhabitants of Mol and Dessel

On 23 February 2021, the board of directors of VITO gave the green light for the re-start of the geothermal power plant as a research project. The decision was taken after the plant had been thoroughly modified in recent months to minimise the risk of vibrations. The research project should now in the first instance lead to a better risk assessment of vibrations in the deep subsoil resulting from the operation of the geothermal power station. We anticipate the actual start-up in the second half of April 2021 at the earliest.

Before that date, VITO wanted to inform the inhabitants of Dessel and Mol again about the additional safety measures and the further research plans.

On Wednesday 31 March 2021, a virtual interactive information moment took place, with the support of the mayors.

Download the presentation that was shown during the info moment.

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