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CEN new project committee: CEN/PC 451 "Geothermal and water boreholes"

CEN new project committee: CEN/PC 451 "Geothermal and water boreholes"


CEN new project committee: CEN/PC 451 "Geothermal and water boreholes"


CEN National Members voted “yes” to the proposal of France for the creation of a new Technical Committee CEN/TC 451 “Geothermal and water boreholes”.


The successful water and geothermal borehole development will contribute to the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG), a goal to which all EU Member states have committed. Furthermore, standardization work on the matter will help the sector deal with current issues, enhance performance and confidence in the sector, and widen acceptance and application of geothermic activities.


The Technical Committee will concentrate on developing standards to reach the following objectives:

  • to guarantee that drilling and borehole development are planned, performed and operated based on good practices for the protection of groundwater in terms of both quality and quantity and the protection of the environment;
  • to support a growing sector by developing specifications for all parties involved in the planning and operation along the whole value chain.


The committee will establish close cooperation with the following CEN Technical Committees:

  • CEN/TC 155 „Plastic piping systems and ducting systems” for all product characteristics regarding the vertical geothermal probe and
  • CEN/TC 164 „Water supply” for the material in contact with drinking water (materials, products, test methods and regulatory aspects).


For more information, please contact: eng. Violeta Mihaylova, e-mail:, tel: +359 2 81 74 595.

23 Aug 2016