29 April 2023
In partnership with Durham County Council, and the Coal Authority, Tolent Construction are developing an exemplary Garden Village at Seaham, County Durham. This development has the potential to make Seaham Garden Village the first large scale mine energy district heating scheme in the UK.
Seaham Garden Village is to be built immediately adjacent to the Coal Authority’s Dawdon mine water treatment scheme. This scheme protects vital drinking water abstraction from Durham Magnesian Limestone, and pumps 100 to 150 litres of mine water per second to the surface for treatment. This mine water is warmed by geothermal processes to provide a continuous supply of water at 18 to 20°C. With mine water temperatures unaffected by seasonal variations, there is a potential 6MW of low cost, low carbon sustainable energy available for local space heating use from the Dawdon treatment scheme all through the year.
Participants will need strong shoes/boots and outdoor work clothes/boiler suit and gloves. PPE in the form of a helmet and hi-vis will be provided. The tour involves scaling some ladders and traversing gangways, so regrettably is not accessible to those with limited mobility.
Advance booking for this event is required. Tickets are £3, and free for RGS-IBG and GA members. Spaces are limited.