Scientific testing at Gundiah

SCIENTIFIC testing at a Gundiah property may help unlock a significant new renewable energy resource for this region and Queensland.

Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said yesterday the property near Gundiah, north-west of Gympie, will be the first location tested in Queensland’s search for new geothermal “hot rock” resources nearer to coastal areas.

Contractors began drilling a single test hole at the property yesterday to collect temperature and thermal conductivity data from geological formations to a depth of 320 metres.

“Once drilling is completed, the hole will be left undisturbed for six to eight weeks to allow temperatures to stabilise,” Mr Robertson said.

“Then a probe will be progressively lowered down the hole to take temperature readings at one metre intervals.

“Geoscientific data collected will help identify whether potentially viable geothermal hot rock resources are present in the Maryborough Basin South.”

The Gundiah property is the first of 12 targeted locations tested throughout Queensland during the first phase of the Coastal Geothermal Energy Initiative drilling program.

Information about the initiative is available at the website http://www.dme.qld.gov.au/mines/coastal.cfm.

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