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Slovenia: We have no experience with re-injection wells, says Minister Podgoršek

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in the Slovenian government Jože Podgoršek participated in the presentation of an example of good practice in the use of geothermal energy with a re-injection well, which was successfully set up in Lenti, Hungary. It is about using geothermal energy in a way that reduces the burden on the environment, which would also be suitable for Slovenia, agricultural farms or companies engaged in production and need heat for their operation.

The event was organized by the Mayor of Lenti in Hungary and was attended by other representatives of the local community, companies participating in the project and, from Slovenia the Mayor of Lendava and the director of Ocean Orchids. The Minister was initially introduced to the project, which was completed this summer, and it includes 10 thermal energy consumers, which they will start using in the next cold period. This was followed by a tour of the wells and parallel field infrastructure.

After the visit, the minister said Slovenia wants even more efficient use of energy where possible. “Therefore, on the occasion of the fair visit to Budapest, Hungary, we also stopped in Lenti to get acquainted with a project that might also be suitable for Slovenia,” Podgoršek said.

The Minister said that Slovenia had experience in pumping water from the depths and using it. “However, we have no experience with turning water into depths or so-called re-injection wells. Therefore, getting to know the Lenti project is a great opportunity to get acquainted with an example of good practice that can be transferred to Slovenia. “The minister recalled that the ministries responsible for agriculture and environment have an opportunity to support such projects, as a tender for co-financing of re-injection wells had just been published.

Geothermal energy is an environmentally friendly energy source, independent of weather conditions and is suitable for space heating. Geothermal energy is known to be an unused energy source. In Slovenia, some agricultural enterprises or companies use geothermal energy to heat their production facilities. In the process, they draw water from the aquifer and return it to the environment after use, which is a burden on the environment. To alleviate the burden on the environment, a public tender has been published for co-financing re-injection wells, which would enable the use of geothermal water in a closed system. In the case of re-injection, the goal is also to re-inject all the water that users would be pumping.

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