The company Cardial Recursos Alternativos has designed a project to provide air conditioning to up to 3.ooo hectares of greenhouses using geothermal energy from a reservoir of hot water in Nijar, Almeria.
The company estimates that the installation might have a production capacity of 3.9 MWe and 7.9 thermal once completed, although the first phase would reach a power of 5 and 8, respectively, as per their corporate website.
As reported by the regional daily Ideal the project already has signed financial commitments from investors for up to six million euros and it also has state permits for research and the technological support of a Dutch multinational (IFTec), but Andalusia Government permit is still pending.
The local government does not grant permission
The local government, meanwhile, has clarified in a note sent to regional media through the Territorial Delegation of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment that such permission has not been granted because it fails to meet the requirements of the legislation on mining rights for granting operating permits on subsoil resources and that it has not demonstrated enough “technical, economic and financial solvency”.
In addition, it has reported that Cardial has four disciplinary proceedings opened for serious offenses against the safety and health of workers and that “it has not been able to demonstrate in the documentation submitted to the local Government of Andalusia that there is a geothermal energy resource susceptible to be exploited.”
The company has exhausted the four research permits having been granted, according to Diario de Almería, but it has an extension until May 8, 2017. Then it will have to demonstrate that this resource exists and provide a mining project in support of its viability.