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Cheshire picked to host underground energy lab

The British Geological Survey has chosen a site in north Cheshire for its planned geoenergy observatory, which will gather research data on natural heat and energy resources.

The Ince Marshes will be home to the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site, which, along with its counterpart in Glasgow, will carry out studies on the underground environment and help to develop energy technologies.

The two geoenergy observatories will be funded with £31 million from the Natural Environment Research Council, the council said in a statement on 26 September. They have been set up in response to the government’s announcement in the 2014 autumn statement that it would create world-class subsurface energy research test centres.

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