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Ground heat solution for the village hall and the school buildings of Vuokkiniemi (KA400)
Funded by Karelia ENPI 2007-2013

Objective of the project

The objective of the project was to improve the welfare and quality of life of the inhabitants in Vuokkiniemi by geothermical, ground heating technology. The solution decreases dependency on unsecure and polluting sources of energy.

Main activities

• To build in the pilot target Vuokkiniemi an economic, safe and ecological ground heat solution that is based on renewable energy. • To transfer the know-how connected with the technology to the republic of Karelia.


The ground heat system was built (incl. drilling 10 ground heat wells, installation of heat pumps, boilers and new radiator network). The solution is working now, and has worked during the most important heating period without alerts. The village hall and the school buildings are now less depended on the fuel oil deliveries and have less pollute heating source and technology. The training of the ground heat technology for the technical personnel of the partners and the vocational school students was successfully organized.

Basic information



2013-06-20 - 2014-12-19

Total Budget / Programme funding

540 000 € / 486 000 €

Lead partner

Sotkamon Porakaivo Oy
Lead partner web-site


The City of Kostamus
MUP Teploseti
Vocational School of the city of Kostamus
North Karelia Adult Education Centre
ProAgria Kainuu Ry
Käännös- ja matkailupalvelut Ivanov