Offshore drilling in Mexico will explore geothermal potential

A research vessel will be drilling off Guaymas, in the Gulf of California Mexico, to collect insights on the region’s geology and investigate its geothermal potential.

The JOIDES Resolution, with team of thirty-three scientists will undertake this project. This drilling and data collection is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program’s marine research initiative. 

“We’re going to make maps of the heat flows and in that way we’ll be able to estimate the geothermal potential of the area. In addition, we will try to identify the quantity of carbon in the basin”, said Florian Neumann, Center of Scientific Research in Ensenada, Baja California.

Ligia Pérez Cruz of the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University added that the sediments of the Gulf of California are likely to contain a large geothermal resource. The region could therefore be a potential source of geothermal energy in future.