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20 AUGUST 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Industry Announcements Boart Longyear announced the opening of its newest stocking facility in Wytheville, Virginia. With the aim to expeditiously serve customers in the eastern and central U.S. markets, the Wytheville facility will stock coring equipment, sonic rods, bar- rels, bits, and tooling products for both surface and underground applications. Cowin Equipment is now part of the Terramac dealer network. The company will represent the Terramac product line in Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area, across eight branch locations. Cowin will offer Terramac’s line of straight frame and 360-degree rotating crawler carriers, as well as full-service maintenance and parts, to the general construction industry. Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company is introducing its six-inch rotary wellpoint pump (Model: 6RW-DIS-4LE2T-X). With unassisted priming and automatic repriming, the 6RW pump features high air handling and large water volume capabilities - up to 1400 gpm (gallons per minute) and heads up to 80 feet; operating speeds up to 2000 rpm; and a low horsepower engine for better fuel efficiency. Canadian Geothermal Technology Heads to Germany Adapted from Information by Eavor Technologies, Inc. Last fall, WWDR covered a new type of geothermal project (se e Canada Tests New Commercial-Scale Geothermal Possibilities ) from Canadian company Eavor Technologies, Inc. The Eavor-Loop™ (pronounced ever loop) is a com- pletely closed-loop system with no greenhouse gas emissions, no earthquake risks, no water use, no produced brine or solids, and no aquifer contamination. The system circulates a benign fluid which is completely isolated from the envi- ronment in a closed loop, through a massive subsurface radiator. This radiator collects heat from the natural geothermal gradient of the earth through conduc- tion. Unlike traditional geothermal projects, the Eaver-Loop has no exploration risks and is not limited by the need for highly permeable aquifers at extremely high temperatures. The company has been operating the $10 million pilot/demonstration project in Alberta since last year. After the successful test in Canada, the company has decided to take the system to Germany. The company recently entered into a letter of intent with Enex Power Germany GmbH to form a geothermal project development company to con- struct Eavor-Loop heat and power projects within Enex’s existing geothermal license area in Bavaria, Germany. Under the arrangement, Enex will contribute existing geothermal assets to the new development entity, including: j Rights to utilize Enex’s existing geothermal lease for the development of Eavor-Loops; j An existing surface lease and drill pad strategically located in an industrial development zone; j Access rights for the interconnection and delivery of electricity to the local distribution grid; j An opportunity to potentially sell heat produced by the project to the town of Geretsried for district heating. Enex will continue to provide certain management and project continuity services, based on their local relationships, as well as the knowledge gathered over the past ten years while conducting their own local geothermal activities. Enex was originally granted the geothermal concession/lease in 2004. Since then, the company has drilled two exploratory geothermal wells, neither of which were able to deliver enough hot water for a traditional geothermal project. However, the wells did confirm a geothermal gradient or formation tem- perature well-suited for the commercial development of Eavor-Loop and the pro- duction of electricity, as well as commercial heat suitable for district heating and industrial processes. Dr. Robert Straubinger, CEO for Enex Power Germany GmbH stated, “After two failed attempts to find sufficient hydrothermal water at the given location, we are absolutely enthusiastic to be working with this new innovative technology that overcomes this prerequisite for an economically viable exploitation of geothermal heat.” Pending regulatory approvals and project financing, construction is planned to commence in early 2021. GEO The Editorial Focus for October is Mining. Send your announcements or article ideas to bonnie@