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Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0263-5046
  • E-ISSN: 1365-2397

Abstract

Abstract

To achieve the Dutch policy objective to significantly reduce carbon emissions, a shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energy resources is required. In the Netherlands, geothermal energy is a proven renewable energy resource, but currently only with a limited number of operating installations.

A limiting factor to the broader development of geothermal projects is the fact that the subsurface data in the Netherlands is not well distributed; seismic and well data coverage is poor in roughly half of the country, including major residential and industrial areas with high heat demand. Improving the data coverage in these areas would increase the benefit-risk ratio of geothermal projects.

The key objective of the Dutch SCAN Geothermal Exploration Programme is to collect subsurface data in areas of relative low data coverage to improve the understanding of the subsurface and to reduce geological uncertainties for the development of geothermal projects.

This article discusses the seismic phase of the SCAN programme, which started with the acquisition of a 2D seismic test line to define the optimum acquisition parameters for a regional 2D seismic survey, the acquisition and processing of 1761 km of newly acquired data and a large reprocessing effort comprising close to 7500 km of vintage 2D seismic data.

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