Production data for the East Midlands Petroleum Province has been reviewed in order to ascertain peak production volumes for both oil and water. This has been used to provide a quantification of the available geothermal resource located within Carboniferous strata within the oil field. A conservative initial estimate of 3.6 MWt has been calculated for the Welton field, based on peak production volumes of just under 350,000 m3/year. Lincoln City, located 6 miles west of the field, could obtain just over 5% of its heating requirement by exploitation of this geothermal resource. Modification of existing oil well infrastructure can produce a cost effective way to extend the field life of onshore oilfields, significantly reducing the costs that are usually associated with geothermal exploration.


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