A Field Course Introduction to the GeoEnergy Transition, Cornwall, UK

GeoLogica Limited
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A Field Course Introduction to the GeoEnergy Transition, Cornwall, UK

Cornwall is exceptionally rich in geological resource and is an important location for developing new technologies for the UK’s transition to a zero-carbon economy. This course provides a snapshot of several operational and demonstration GeoEnergy Transition projects, as well as visits to associated traditional Cornish outcrops. Examples of specific projects to be investigated include a deep geothermal energy site and critical mineral extraction (lithium/tungsten) site. Participants will also investigate sites previously considered for deep storage of nuclear waste, a hydrothermal radium mine and locations associated with low enthalpy energy from mine waters. Participants will gain a practical and technical understanding of a number of Geoenergy projects and should be able to apply this learning to other geological locations worldwide.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is intended for technical professionals working in related sectors. Participants will be shown the context and challenges for developing low carbon technologies, as well as the parallel examination of surface renewable technologies.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Describe and explain the Geoenergy resource potential of Cornwall.
  • Characterise ideal locations and explain technical factors that affect different resource potentials.
  • Describe how wider factors can affect feasibility of certain Geoenergy resources, including the environmental, social and economic (political and commercial) factors.
  • Evaluate strategic choices for local and regional policy makers, as well as landowners and investors.

Training Course Content

Topics to be covered include:

  • Orogenesis and tectonic setting
  • Granite emplacement and formation of batholiths
  • Geochemical fractionation trends: biotite-muscovite and biotite-tourmaline crystalisation series, and major and trace element distributions
  • Natural fracture systems within the granite and fluid flow
  • Geothermal gradients within granite and Devonian slates
  • Novel drilling and injection/circulation testing of wells
  • Factors affecting location of geothermal sites
  • Mineralisation and mineral deposits associated with granites
  • Enriched mineral groundwaters and mine waters
  • Sustainable mining: innovation in co-production and in-situ extraction
  • Surface renewable technologies and Cornwall’s low carbon strategy


Day 0 - Arrive in Cornwall The Eden Project

Short introductory lecture and course safety briefing in the evening.

Day 1 West Cornwall (Cape Cornwall or Porth Ledden/Rinsey Cove)

  • Orientation and context
  • Stratigraphy, orogeny and regional tectonics
  • Granites and mineralisation
  • Penzance/Mounts Bay culture, primary industry, tourism and lido

Plenary Issues and opportunities for extraction and energy projects?

Day 2 St Agnes

  • Cligga Head greisen veins outcrop
  • Cottys Point, Perranporth cross course mineralisation outcrop
  • Mine experience (either at Geevor or Hayle)

Plenary Summarise which minerals are critical for our future and why?

Day 3 Carnmenellis/Rosemannoes

  • Wave Hub (Hayle) offshore resource visit
  • Major joint sets and cross course mapping
  • United Downs Deep Geothermal Power (UDDGP) and mineral groundwaters project visit
  • Wheal Jane Minewater Project visit
  • Plenary Make a case for a location for deep geological disposal of nuclear waste in Cornwall.

Day 4 - St Austell Granite

  • Radium mine (tbc) / china clay project visit (tbc)
  • Hard rock lithium/tungsten extraction and sustainable mining project visit
  • Surface renewables Roche and A30

Plenary Evaluate Cornwall’s GeoEnergy Transition and compare with another area you know.

Day 5 Eden/Carluddon Technology Park: ESAM

  • Eden Geothermal project visit
  • Critical appraisal of UK and Cornwall’s Low Carbon Strategy a workshop with a policy maker and/or a multinational Geoenergy business to consider their future challenges (Cornwall Council/Imerys tbc)
  • Consolidation application of learning

Course delivery details

5 days; a combination of field activities and exercises, and classroom sessions.

Exertion Level

This class requires an EASY exertion level. Field locations are mainly accessed by a short walk of less than 1 mile (1.6km) along coastal paths.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...

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Oxford Point, 19 Oxford Road
BH8 8GS Bournemouth Dorset

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