During the conference Peter Kremský, Chairman of the Committee for Economic Affairs of the Parlament, Martin Bartošovič, CEO of NAFTA, Erich Veselényi, Chairman of the Main Mining Office of the Slovak Republic disscussed: How can natural gas extraction be accelerated in Slovakia? What are the benefits or risks? Will Slovakia once again become an important producer of natural gas in Central Europe, and what obstacles does it have to overcome?
“Regarding the detailed volume of gas extraction in the Trnava area, it is necessary to carry out exploratory wells”, emphasized Bartošovič, adding that “the estimate of geologists is around 400-500 mcm of gas per year, which is significantly more than today’s 60-70 mcm”.
According to him, the wells implemented by NAFTA are extremely expensive and high-cost. However, they also have downstream uses, which NAFTA tries to communicate with municipalities and local entrepreneurs. For example, in the Trnava region, there is a large drop in the level of drinking water. For wells deeper than 2 km, the use of dry heat also comes into consideration, according to him. The relevant project near Trebišov is awaiting EIA approval, although it is an old well that has been tapped and already passed through the EIA during mining. The dry heat from the well could subsequently be used to heat domestic hot water, explained the head of the NAFTA company, which is also working intensively on research projects in the field of storing a mixture of methane and hydrogen, hydrogen itself, as well as synthetic gases, biogas and biomethane.