Step I of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) was completed in June 2003 with the submission of the report of a two year long feasibility study to the consortium of Icelandic energy companies sponsoring the project.

In November 2003 the consortium announced its decision to move forward to Step II, that is to select the site of the first deep well, to plan its drilling and testing, and to continue to solicit the participation of the international science community and the international energy industry. The long-term plan over the next decade is to drill and test three deep wells designed to seek supercritical geothermal fluids for electrical power production. The plan calls for the first well in the series to be core-drilled in 2005.

The choice for the location of this first well will be announced shortly after completing a discussion that balances geological and environmental issues with the energy development plans of the energy companies. In January 2004 a proposal to fund obtaining drill cores for scientific study from this first well will be submitted to the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP). A meeting of potential collaborators with the IDDP science advisory group (SAGA) will take place in Iceland on May 31- June 1st 2004.

The progress of activities during Step II will be announced on this news page.

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