The British Geological Survey drills the first UK Geoenergy Observatories borehole in Glasgow. Scientists, industry, business, politicians and dignitaries came together on Friday 7th December to visit the first drilling site and watch some of the core samples being extracted from the 199-metre-deep borehole.
The UK Geoenergy Observatories are being delivered by the BGS for the whole of the UK science community to conduct important research that will improve our knowledge of the underground environment and understand how it can help us transition to a low carbon economy. The Glasgow research site will look at the chemistry, physics and biology in and above the flooded mine workings below the east end of the city, looking at how heat of the mine water might be used as a renewable energy source for towns and cities built on coal across the globe.
The UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow is part of a £31m investment by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) into big science kit that will enable the Earth science community to underpin sustainable development of new energy sources, technologies and innovation.
In a series of short videos, BGS minerals geologists Clive Mitchell and Tom Bide tell us about the Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference.
EIG is one of the longest running and keenly anticipated events in the UK minerals industry calendar. Organised by a passionate volunteer band of professionals representing all aspects of the industry, this is one conference that anyone connected to UK minerals should not miss!
The EIG Conference is the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry. This event is for geo-professionals associated with the extraction of industrial rocks and minerals, including those involved in geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, restoration and after-use, reserves and resources and quarry design and planning.
The 2018 conference includes 2–days of presentations on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September at Durham University. The 2018 key note Ansel Dunham lecture, “A question of balance” is being presented by Alan Thompson, a well-known minerals industry consultant, who will explore the balance between mineral extraction against environmental and landscape protection. The conference is preceded and followed by field excursions to local and regional extractive industry sites on Wednesday 12th and Saturday 15th September.