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Peter Ledingham

Geothermal Specialist

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Peter graduated from Camborne School of Mines in 1980 with a degree in Mining Engineering and then worked for six years on the UK’s Hot Dry Rock geothermal research programme as part of the science group responsible for well testing, stress measurements and reservoir evaluation. After joining GeoScience in 1986, he was reservoir engineer for its parent company’s geothermal power projects in California and has gone on to work on heat and power projects in Europe, the USA and Asia-Pacific region, as part of project teams, providing advice to operators, regulators and investors, and carrying out due diligence, project evaluations and feasibility studies.

From 1999 to 2001 he was Geothermal Technical Coordinator for the European Commission, overseeing the monitoring of its funded demonstration projects, and has been an expert evaluator of funding applications in the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, and the H2020 Programme.

During the 1990s Peter was hydrogeological testing specialist attached to the Gibb Deep Geology Group undertaking deep borehole-based site investigations at Sellafield and Dounreay on behalf of UK Nirex. He was Science Design Manager for GIGA, a joint venture between GeoScience, Intera and Gibb Ltd, created to undertake the design and implementation of scientific measurements in the shafts of the proposed Rock Characterisation Facility at Sellafield.

From its inception until May 2020, Peter was Project Manager for the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project in Cornwall, responsible for all aspects of the Cornwall-based technical and engineering operations, public relations, community outreach and education programmes. The project successfully drilled two deep geothermal wells during 2018 and 2019 and aims to develop the first commercial geothermal power plant in the UK.

Department & Discipline

Geothermal Engineering

Affiliations & Memberships

Geothermal Resources Council

International Geothermal Association

Women In Geothermal (WING) UK


ACSM, BSc (Hons), Mining Engineering, Camborne School of Mines

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