Scotland’s first deep geothermal heating system – which will use the warmth emanating from the Earth’s magma-filled mantle – is to go ahead after the Scottish Government awarded a £1.8m grant, the developers have announced. A 2km deep well is to be drilled next year to enable water to be heated by the surrounding rocks, pumped back up again and then into properties in Kilmarnock. Engineering firm Arup, which is involved in the project, said the renewable energy source would help reduce fuel poverty by providing heating at below market rates to homes being built at the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, which is being redeveloped. The site, called Halo Kilmarnock, will also include a new enterprise centre, an urban park, social housing for rent and leisure facilities.
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