The General Directorate of Industry of the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands grants Repsol two soil exploration permits to investigate the feasibility of obtaining geothermal energy in Tenerife. The authorizations cover five municipalities in the south of the island, as it is the strip with the highest volcanic activity in Tenerife.
isora It is the project that Repsol Exploración SA will develop in an area of 630 mining squares (409 land), on land in the municipalities of Santiago del Teide, Guía de Isora and Adeje. Tajao It is the second project to be executed, 576 mining grids (487 land), in Granadilla de Abona and Arico.
The Official State Gazette (BOE) published yesterday both resolutions, in which it is determined that the permits are currently in the period of public information. The allegations may be submitted until next Tuesday.
In the Canary Islands, geothermal studies have been carried out in the exploration phase since the 1970s
In the Canary Islands, geothermal studies have been carried out in the exploration phase since the 1970s, focusing the analysis on the Islands recognized as having the greatest potential due to their geothermal activity: Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. This research activity has been carried out with greater intensity recently in Tenerife where, in the last decade, various exploration and research activities of high-energy geothermal resources have been carried out, covered by permits granted by the General Directorate of Industry, according to the current Mining Law.
The Ministry of Industry, whose head is Yaiza Castilla, issued an order on January 2 in which it reported that the expired permits in Tenerife cover 3,089 mining grids, around 1,035 square kilometers. For this reason, it called for a public tender to select research programs on high-energy geothermal resources.
What is it?
Geothermal energy is a renewable, clean and inexhaustible energy that is obtained by taking advantage of the heat from the interior of the Earth. When rainwater filters through the earth’s crust, it forms mantles, deep water currents and confined aquifers that, when in contact with high subsoil temperatures, give rise to a geothermal reservoir formed by water and steam at high temperatures. temperatures. To reach it, it is necessary to locate and drill the appropriate area. The steam generated in this process is conducted through a network of pipes to produce thermal or electrical energy. The water can be used directly as sanitary water or heating for the home. After use, it is channeled back into the ground.