Geoterma, a Lithuanian company, has received permission to use geothermal water from a underground well in Klaipėda for the first time for health purposes.
Viešos maudynės geoterminiame vandenyje
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The geothermal water is to be extracted from a kilometre deep well and has a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. The salinity of the geothermal water is 9% or 95g of salt per litre of water, while in the Baltic Sea there are only a few grams of salt per litre.

“We have signed a contract with the Geology Service. It is a result of a consistent and long period of work,” said the head of Geoterma, Sigitas Petrauskas.

Klaipėda University Health Sciences Faculty Dean, Professor Artūras Razbadauskas said that these waters are a tremendous asset to Western Lithuania.

“The water from this geothermal drilling at Klaipėda is the second oldest in the world after Saudi Arabia,” - said the professor. According to Geoterma‘s studies, the age of water is 1300,000 years old.

Geothermal water in Klaipėda was found more than 20 years ago. However, permissions were needed and a legal framework need to be put in place before the company could tap into the subterranean hot water.

Geoterma said approval and documentation from all the relevant European authorities showing that the water is suitable for use in health care procedures.

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