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Poland to finance 30 new geothermal well projects

Poland’s Climate and Environment Ministry announced on Friday (24 November) that it will finance the construction of 30 new geothermal wells throughout the country as part of the second call for applications under the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW).

“The development of geothermal energy, which is a renewable energy source, is one of the goals of the Polish Energy Policy until 2040. Geothermal energy is a potential that should be exploited by local governments,” said Piotr Dziadzio, Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment, Chief National Geologist, Government Plenipotentiary for Raw Materials Policy. “Renewable energy sources are our future, which is why the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management support such projects. Priority programs are highly sought after, leading to an announcement of an increased budget in the call for the ‘Development of Thermal Waters in Poland’ programme.”

The programme aims to support local governments by co-financing the drilling of new geothermal wells in locations with the greatest chances of capturing thermal waters suitable for later use in heating systems. The wells funded by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) will be carried out in 12 voivodeships.

Before announcing the second call, a mechanism to support local governments was launched to assist future beneficiaries on their applications. This included free preliminary opinions on the occurrence and possibilities of utilising thermal waters in specified locations, provided by the State Geological Institute – National Research Institute. From August 2021 to August 2022, a total of 219 municipalities sought opinions on the occurrence and possibilities of utilising thermal waters.

The second funding tranche, with a total budget of 428 million zlotys (98.2 million euros), will co-fund the drilling of wells in the following municipalities: Jelenia Góra, Legnickie Pole (Lower Silesian Voivodeship), Kruszwica, Włocławek (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship), Strzelce Krajeńskie (Lubusz Voivodeship), Koluszki, Moszczenica (Łódź Voivodeship), Kraków, Brzesko (Małopolskie Voivodeship), Lesznowola, Grójec, Błonie, Jabłonna, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Stare Babice, Serock, Sierpc (Masovian Voivodeship), Nysa (Opole Voivodeship), Narol (Podkarpackie Voivodeship), Chojnice (Pomeranian Voivodeship), Końskie, Łopuszno, Radoszyce (Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship), Kalisz, Kazimierz Biskupi, Września (Greater Poland Voivodeship), Barlinek, Myślibórz, Szczecin, Police (West Pomeranian Voivodeship).

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In the first round of applications for the programme, 15 municipalities or cities (Gąsawa, Jasienica, Wągrowiec, Trzebnica, Oława, Łowicz, Otwock, Wołomin, Inowrocław, Piastów, Gniezno, Żyrardów, Głuszyca, Dębno, Smyków) received support of up to 100 per cent of eligible costs, totalling 229.2 million zlotys (52.5 million euros).

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